At Noble Dental, we agree that wearing a mouth guard helps protect your teeth from any unfortunate accident. They help minimize the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. Mouth guards generally cover the upper teeth and are a great way of protecting the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. Night guards, on the other hand, are beneficial in protecting your tooth enamel, cushions your jaw muscles, and helps with nighttime Bruxism or what is commonly called as teeth “grinding.”
Mouth guards for children:
Mouth guards are primarily used to protect a child’s teeth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) promotes the use of a dental mouth guard during any sports activity. Mouth guards, also known as sports guards, are crucial pieces of equipment for any child participating in any given sport. Though there are thousands of mouth guard brands, at Noble Dental, we can discuss which type of mouth guard would be the best for your child’s active needs.
Night guards for children:
First and foremost, it is important you consult our dentist before allowing your child to use one. Night guards are used to prevent tooth damage in children who grind (brux) their teeth at night. During the growing stages of development, a child’s top and bottom set of teeth sometimes do not fit together comfortably. The natural response that some children have is to grind their teeth. Some children outgrow the habit of teeth grinding by the age of 12. You should schedule an appointment with our dentist and discuss with them your concerns.
Mouth guards/night guards for adults:
Your smile is one of your most important assets and protecting it is very important to your looks and your self-esteem. Similar to children, adults use mouth guards to protect their teeth from injury and damage while playing sports or for alleviating the habit of clenching and grinding their teeth. Night guards, made using either laminate or soft plastic, covers the teeth and separate the upper and lower jaws from damage caused by grinding. Although several types of ready to use mouth guards are available in the market, dentists advise patients to use custom made guards designed specifically to their needs and size. Store-bought mouth guards can be uncomfortable to wear, as they may not fit everyone properly.
Do you have an active lifestyle or a child involved in sports? Make an appointment at Noble Dental at (561) 440-3433 for an appointment to discuss the benefits of a mouth guard!