Why You May Need a Mouthguard

Illustration of a blonde woman sleeping soundly with a nightguard

Though teeth are durable, they benefit from extra protection in certain cases. A mouthguard is an appliance that can offer this extra protection. Here’s a few reasons why you should consider getting a properly-fitted, custom mouthguard from our team at Seaport Family Dentistry.

Contact Sports

If you’re active in contact sports like basketball, hockey, or football, it is important to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth. Wearing a mouthguard during athletic activities helps prevent dental damage and jaw injuries that would otherwise require emergency dental treatment. A mouthguard can be beneficial even if your team’s rules do not require you to wear one.

Poor Sleep Quality

Your jaw muscles can impact your sleep quality. Wearing a nightguard can allow your muscles to relax as you sleep. This can result in less facial tension, improved sleep quality, and few morning headaches.

Teeth Grinding & Clenching

Grinding or clenching your teeth is a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism can negatively affect your dental health and your quality of life. A nightguard acts as a cushion between your teeth and adjusts your bite so your muscles remain relaxed as you sleep.

Jaw Pain

Jaw pain can occur even without grinding or clenching your teeth. A mouthguard can hold your jaw in a more comfortable position as you work through diagnosis and treatment.

To Avoid Future Dental Repairs

Facial trauma during sports or grinding your teeth can cause damage to your tooth enamel and the temporomandibular joints of your jaw. A mouthguard can help prevent these issues, which will save you time and money since restoring a damaged tooth or jaw can become costly.

Ask About a Custom Mouthguard at Seaport Family Dentistry!

Custom-fitted mouthguards comfortably offer optimal protection and support for your mouth. At Seaport Family Dentistry, our team would be happy to determine if you’d benefit from a mouthguard. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!


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