When you think of protecting your teeth from damage, you may think of using fluoride toothpaste or other aspects of oral hygiene. Proper hygiene, supplemented with regular cleanings and exams at our office, goes a long way toward keeping your teeth in great shape. But we may also recommend mouthguards in Irvine.Protect Your Smile Read Transcript
Mouthguards have multiple uses. One is athletic mouth guards. Nothing breaks my heart more than seeing a six year old kid with their adult teeth breaking it. I know they're going to have a lifetime of problems. Mouth guards will prevent that. In fact, a couple of Christmases ago, we ran a promotion saying. “If you're going to give the kid one of these, think about getting one of these,” showing them a bicycle, skateboard, roller blades. I can't tell you how many trauma cases we've dealt with, and we can do these well, but it's so much better to prevent them. A mouth guard prevents injuries.
Now, a mouth guard is very similar, but not exactly a night guard or a splint. These are made for people that instead of someone else damaging their teeth, they're doing it to themselves. Instead of a bicycle, roller blade, or a baseball hitting them, they do the damage by grinding their teeth, usually at night. These people often are aware of it, because they'll wake up in the morning with sore muscles. Those muscles have been getting a work out all night. But the night guard or the splint is designed to protect people from themselves, instead of an athletic guard, which is to prevent you from contact with a baseball, or a hockey stick, or the pavement. As one young kid put it aptly, he said he kissed the sidewalk. That's a picture that says a thousand words, but we would rather prevent those injuries than take care of them afterwards.
We can fit you for custom-made mouthguards that will:
- Put an end to your teeth grinding and the dental damage it can cause, including chips and cracks in teeth
- Clear a blocked airway, which causes obstructive sleep apnea
- Ease the pressure on your jaw that can result in a TMJ dysfunction
- Prevent you from snoring, so you and others in your household can rest throughout the night
- Protect your teeth from damage that can occur while playing sports
Dr. Tozzer looks for signs of trouble during exams. If you think you have a problem that might benefit from a mouthguard, however, call us at 949-304-2897.
Custom Mouthguards Solve Many Problems
Whether you have sleep apnea or a TMJ disorder, wearing a mouthguard while you sleep will help. You may need a mouthguard for:
- Sleep Apnea – A mouthguard for snoring moves your jaw into a position that keeps your airway open while you sleep. This stops you from snoring and relieves other symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.
- TMJ Dysfunction – TMJ disorders are often linked to clenching your jaw and/or grinding your teeth during the night. A mouthguard will stop these behaviors and ease pressure on your aching jaw so it can heal.
- Sports – A wild throw or blow to the face during sports can cause serious damage, including broken teeth. A custom mouthguard shields your teeth to protect them from injury. Plus, you won’t need a frustrating “boil-and-bite” process to adjust the fit.
Enjoy a Better Fit & Easier Problem Resolution
If you look online for mouthguards, you may be surprised – and a little intimidated – by all of the different options. With his knowledge, Dr. Charles Tozzer will ensure you get the one you need. In addition, a custom mouthguard offers:
- A Perfect Fit – Made from impressions of your teeth, it will fit perfectly.
- Simple Problem Resolution – If you experience any issues with your mouthguard, you’ll work with Dr. Tozzer – not a customer service representative – to resolve them.
For mouthguards in Irvine, call Tozzer Dental at 949-304-2897.