Exercise Mouth Guards
When a child begins to participate in recreational activities and organized sports, injuries can occur. A properly fitted mouth guard, or mouth protector, is an important piece of athletic gear that can help protect your child’s teeth, jaws, joints, and brain health. Mouth guards should be used during any activity that could result in a blow to the face or mouth including, but not limited to: basketball, baseball, hockey, mountain biking, football. Mouth guards help prevent broken teeth, and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. They have also been shown to prevent or reduce severity of concussions. A properly fitted mouth guard will stay in place while your child is wearing it, making it easy for them to talk and breathe. Ask your pediatric dentist about custom and store-bought mouth protectors.
Night Guard for Bruxism: Teeth Grinding and Clenching
Teeth grinding and clenching, also known as Bruxism, is pretty common and can be painful and destructive to teeth. Luckily, there are plenty of night guards for Bruxism on the market that can help anyone who clenches and grinds their teeth while sleeping.
Occasional teeth grinding may not cause any real concerns, but long-term, consistent Bruxism can lead to broken teeth, loss of tooth enamel, and in severe cases, loss of teeth.
Luckily, most cases of Bruxism can easily be treated by wearing a night guard while you sleep.
Talk to Dr. Espinosa or Dr. DeSimini if you feel that your child may be grinding his/her teeth at night.