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Protect your pearly whites with mouthguards from your Allen, TX dentist

You lock your car, hide your password lists, and cover patio furniture when the wet season arrives in Allen, TX. In other words, you understand the importance of protecting your valuables. Yet, you might not think about protecting one of your most valuable personal and social assets, which is your smile. From tooth grinding to contact sports, there are times when your teeth are in danger, and need the protection of a mouthguard. Dr. Michael Tiplea of Allen Dental Studio can make you a custom mouth guard to meet your needs.

Sports mouthguard

Contact sports can be fun, challenging, and great exercise. They can also endanger your teeth. There is a reason that most NBA players choose to wear a sports mouthpiece even though the league doesn’t require them. Furthermore, a sports guard is not just for the professional athlete. Your child needs a mouth guard if he or she is on the school team. You need one if you’re a casual weekend warrior. Simply stated, anyone of any age playing a game with high risk of facial impact needs tooth protection.

While one-size-fits-all mouthguards are available at most sporting goods stores, they are not ideal. The “boil and bite” method might somewhat shape the plastic to the person’s mouth, but it does not produce the perfect fit of a custom appliance. Dental mouthguards, made specifically for you or your child, will likely be much more comfortable, higher quality, and easier to wear. Research indicates that a proper fit also makes the guard more effective.

Bruxism night guard  

Do you clench or grind your teeth? The answer might surprise you! This habit, called bruxism, doesn’t always happen during the day. It can happen at night, while you are sleeping, and you might not even know it. A custom-made night guard for teeth is comfortable to wear during sleep and it can stop the clenching and grinding.

Signs of nighttime bruxism include:

  • Sensitive teeth or frequent toothaches
  • Headaches or jaw soreness, especially in the mornings
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder
  • Damage to the tongue or inside of the cheek
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Excessive wear and tear on teeth
  • Chipped or fractured teeth

Call Allen Dental Studio at (469) 293-2007 for a consultation.