What Are the Benefits of Using a Mouthguard?

What Are the Benefits of Using a Mouthguard?

Mouthguards are oral devices designed to protect the teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue from trauma caused by teeth grinding or sports injuries. Your trusted team at Dental Care of North Carolina is proud to offer quality custom-fitted night guards and sports mouthguards for maximum comfort and protection. We are all about prevention for long-term healthy smiles!

What Are the Different Types of Mouthguards?

Here are the basic types of mouthguards available to you:

  • Stock: These are inexpensive mouth protectors sold at sporting goods or department stores that come ready to wear. However, they usually don’t fit well, reducing their effectiveness.
  • Boil and bite: Also sold over-the-counter, these oral appliances provide a better fit than their stock counterparts. To use them, you’ll boil them in water, insert them into your mouth, and shape them using finger or tongue pressure.
  • Custom-fitted: Your trusted team at Dental Care of North Carolina will prepare your custom-made mouthguards from impressions of your teeth. These are by far the best types of mouthguards with the most reliable protection for your smile. 

Custom Night Guards: Safeguard Your Smile As You Sleep

Night guards, also known as nocturnal bite plates, are oral appliances worn during sleep if you habitually grind and clench your teeth, a condition known as bruxism. Otherwise, you risk tooth wear along with a host of dental problems. Patients often report increased pain and sensitivity in their teeth, waking up with a headache, pain in the neck or face, or an uncomfortable condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

Your custom-fitted night guard will help absorb the grinding and clenching forces. You will sleep better, wake up without morning headaches, and you will protect your teeth, jaws, and restorations from damage.

Custom Sports Mouthguards: Lower Your Risk of Sports-Related Oral Injuries

Dental trauma is among the most common sports injuries. Studies show that athletes not wearing mouthguards are up to 60 times more likely to suffer mouth injuries. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the use of mouthguards in high school and college football helps prevent over 200,000 injuries each year.

Sports mouthguards are made of a thick material that provides cushioning to absorb the force of any sudden impact. They are essential for any individual engaged in contact sports. Sports mouthguards reduce the risk of broken teeth, injuries to the face and jaw, and lacerations to the lips and gums. They also prevent the accidental biting of the tongue and cheeks.

Custom Mouthguards in Morrisville and Greensboro

Visit Dental Care of North Carolina to learn more about protecting your smile during sleep or sports activities using our custom-fitted mouthguards. As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Call us and schedule your appointment today!