Mouthguards are devices used to protect your teeth from grinding or clenching while you sleep or from injuries while you play sports. They can also help to reduce snoring and relieve obstructive sleep apnea.
Types of Mouth Guards
Gum disease can be painless, so it is important to be aware of any of the following symptoms:
Mouth Guards for Grinding
Night Guards for TMJ Problems
Mouth Guards for Sports
Night Guards for Sleep Disorders
Mouth guards should be used by both children and adults who play contact sports such as football, boxing, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey.
However, even those participating in noncontact sports (for example, gymnastics) and any recreational activity (for example, skateboarding, mountain biking) that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a protective mouth guard.
Adults and children who grind their teeth at night should have a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint made to prevent tooth damage.