Mouth Guards for Children and Adults
At Lilburn Family Dentistry, located in Lilburn, GA, we provide adults and children with mouth guards to protect their teeth. Preserving your permanent teeth from damage or injury is important.
Types of Mouth Guards
There are a variety of mouth guards that anyone can wear to protect their teeth from a sports-related injury. The one-size-fits-all mouth guard, found in most drugstores, is risky and can fall out of place when you need protection the most. A boil-and-bite kit requires you to boil the mouth guard and then position it to fit your teeth, which can also result in being ill-fitted. At Lilburn Family Dentistry, our doctor will recommend you visit our office for a customized mouth guard that will provide the most protection from a sport-related injury. Measurements and an impression of your mouth are taken and forwarded to our professional lab where your mouth guard is custom-made.
Why Should I Wear a Mouth Guard?
For children, the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) states that a mouth guard is an essential piece of equipment when participating in any recreational or sporting activity. They are positioned over the upper part of the child's teeth to protect the area from harm. Mouth guards are also used to avoid tooth damage in children and adults who grind their teeth at night. At Lilburn Family Dentistry, we recommend patients use night guards to prevent the cracking, chipping or wearing down of their natural teeth.
What Can Happen If I Don’t Wear a Mouth Guard?
Mouth guards protect your teeth from breakage, cracks, chips and from being knocked out when hit in the face. If the impact is strong enough, a tooth could be pushed up into the gums or can cut through the cheek or lips, which can lead to a dental emergency.
Teeth grinding or Bruxism is a well-known condition in children. According to the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, up to 35 percent of children experience grinding their teeth at some point during their childhood. Adults also suffer from this condition. A night guard helps prevent teeth grinding during sleep. Most patients are unaware they suffer from is this condition. Signs of teeth grinding can include: jaw pain, waking up with a tight feeling in the jaw area, tension headaches, chipped, cracked or worn out teeth.
If you or your child are active in sports or suffer from teeth grinding, call Lilburn Family Dentistry in Lilburn, GA for an appointment by dialing (770) 824-8857.