Life can be full of hazards to your smile. If you play contact sports, you will naturally want to wear a mouth guard. However, you should wear a mouth guard any time you participate in a sport or activity in which there is a risk of damage to your mouth or teeth. If you suffer from a condition known as bruxism, in which you grind or clench your teeth as you sleep, this can cause damage to the enamel on your teeth, and this in turn can shorten your teeth. Over time, your smile can change. Our dentist, Dr. Laurel Morello, can help you address both of these situations with a visit to our office for a mouth guard in El Cajon, California. We offer night guards and sports mouth guards. Start protecting your smile at work, at play or while you sleep. Call our office at 619-444-4083 today for your appointment.
Night guards protect the integrity of your teeth and smile if you grind or clench your teeth at night. You may notice damage to your teeth or experience headaches or jaw aches or sensitivity in your teeth. Your partner may hear you grinding your teeth, or you may even notice grooves appearing on the sides of your tongue from the constant pressure of the tongue pressing outward along the insides of your teeth. Our dentist can create a night guard designed to fit and protect your enamel and smile.
At our office, we also examine what underlying causes may affect grinding habits and advise on sleep hygiene techniques to address this.
Sports Mouth Guards
If you or your child plays a sport such as hockey, football or lacrosse, chances are that a sports mouth guard is required by the league or school district. However, it is important to keep in mind that many sports can pose risks of dental or oral damage. A custom-made sports mouth guard is especially important for protecting orthodontics or other dental work. If you are shopping for sports equipment, be sure to visit us for an affordable solution before your season starts.