Mouth Guards Specialist
A mouthguard is a versatile device that can protect your teeth from injuries and improve the way you sleep. At Chestnut Hill Dental in Flourtown, Pennsylvania, Robin Gallagher, DMD, MAES offers custom mouthguards for patients of all ages. Dr. Robin uses mouthguards to address a variety of problems, including snoring and teeth clenching. To find out if a mouthguard is right for you, call or book your appointment online today.
Mouth Guards Q&A
What are the different types of mouthguards?
The different types of mouthguards include:
If you or your child participate in sports, you may want to consider a sports mouthguard. Certain activities like football, hockey, soccer, softball, and basketball can increase your risk of a dental injury. Sports guards help prevent broken teeth, lacerations, and other types of damage.
If you snore, a mouthguard can help you and your loved ones get a better night’s sleep.
An anti-snoring guard is a simple device that works by gently shifting the position of your jaw forward. This keeps your airway open as you sleep and reduces the vibrations contributing to your snoring.
Sleep-related teeth grinding and clenching are common problems that can lead to tooth pain, jaw pain, and damaged teeth. Similar to the anti-snoring guard, a nightguard is a type of mouthguard you wear while you sleep.
The nightguard keeps your top and bottom teeth separated, preventing excess pressure or grinding.
Mouthguards can protect you against injuries, improve the way you sleep, and relieve jaw and tooth pain. At Chestnut Hill Dental, Dr. Robin and his team can determine which type of mouthguard is right for you.
How do I care for my mouthguard?
Whether you use your sports guard for sports or sleeping, it’s important to keep your mouthguard clean and protect it from unnecessary damage. To get the longest life out of your mouthguard, follow these best practices:
- Brush and floss before wearing your mouthguard
- Rinse mouthguard with cool water before and after use
- Avoid using hot water
- Brush the mouthguard with toothpaste after each use
- Keep your mouthguard in a hard, ventilated container
Proper care is essential to getting the most out of your mouthguard. Because it spends so much time on your teeth and gums, it’s important to keep the device clean and regularly inspect for holes and other signs of damage.
How often should I replace my mouthguard?
Although your mouthguard can easily withstand daily use, it won’t last forever.
Custom mouthguards are fitted to the structure of your mouth and tend to last longer than over-the-counter guards. Custom mouthguards offer greater comfort and are easier to keep in place when sleeping or playing sports.
You should replace your mouthguard whenever you notice signs of wear, typically every two to three years.
To learn more about mouthguards, book an appointment at Chestnut Hill Dental by phone or schedule online today.