Monroe Dental Arts

Mouthguards 101: Protect Your Smile

January 4, 2023
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Posted By: Dr. Har Simran K. Virdee

While tooth enamel may be the strongest substance in your body, it can still crack, chip, or fracture and break. A mouthguard can be a great way to protect your teeth from damage. Here's what you should know about protective mouthguards in Monroe Township, NJ, for your smile.

Protect Your Teeth from Injury

Did you know that sports-related injuries cause more than half of dental emergencies? This is why wearing a protective mouthguard if you or your children participate in sports is essential. As a result, you may be able to prevent an injury to your teeth and mouth and avoid a complicated dental emergency.  

Our dentists can create a custom mouthguard for you to use during sports that's comfortable, easy to wear, and won't interfere with your game-day performance.

Protect Your Teeth from Clenching and Grinding (Bruxism)

Bruxism, also known as clenching and grinding, is a condition that typically takes place at night while you sleep, and it can cause excessive wear and damage to your teeth. The trouble is, many patients don't even realize they clench and grind their teeth until the damage has been done.

Bruxism can cause chipping, excessive tooth wear, jaw pain or tenderness, fractured teeth, and frequent headaches. If you notice any of these symptoms, or if your bed partner hears you grinding your teeth at night, it's a good idea to schedule a checkup with your Monroe Township dentist. The earlier we detect signs of bruxism, the quicker we can treat it and help you avoid significant damage to your smile.

Our dentists will create a custom nightguard similar to an orthodontic retainer that fits over your teeth and is comfortable to wear while you sleep. It covers your teeth and protects them from the damage caused by bruxism. It's comfortable to wear and won't interfere with your sleep.

Contact your team at Monroe Dental Arts at (609) 662-4406 to learn more if you or a family member needs a mouthguard.

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