At Bethesda Family Smiles, we are here to help you with any and all dental concerns. Proactive, preventative dental care is one of our favorite services to provide to our patients. This is because we love to see our patients take an interest in better caring for their smiles outside of the dentist’s office. One of the best tools you can use to protect your smile on a daily basis is a custom mouthguard. Learn more about custom mouthguards below.
Custom Mouthguards in Bethesda, MD
Dr. Khanna is an experienced general dentist in Bethesda, MD. She can meet your routine dental care needs for the maintenance of a healthy and stable smile. In addition to routine preventative care, Dr. Khanna is happy to provide custom mouthguards to patients who may need one. Custom mouthguards provide dental protection during contact sports, but they can also be used to address complex dental concerns like TMJ disorders and bruxism. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding custom mouthguards:
Should I buy over-the-counter mouthguards?
Over-the-counter mouthguards take a one-size-fits-all approach to dental protection. While these options may work for some, many will find that over-the-counter mouthguards do not fit as snuggly as custom mouthguards. Our mouthguards are made specifically for your smile, giving you are more comfortable and secure fit.
What sports require the use of a mouthguard?
Many sports require, or at least recommend, the use of a mouthguard. If you participate in any extracurricular activity that may lead to unwanted dental damages, we suggest keeping a custom mouthguard on hand.
How can mouthguards help patients with bruxism?
Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is a common dental concern that affects patients of all ages. Teeth grinding often occurs at night while you sleep. Though a subconscious action, this may lead to worn-down teeth over time. A nightguard, or a mouthguard worn at night, can be used to protect your teeth from grinding together while you sleep.
How can mouthguards help patients with TMJ disorders?
Patients who experience frequent jaw pain or tension headaches likely have a TMJ disorder caused by jaw joint inflammation. This often occurs when you are clenching your jaw together because of stress. With oral appliance therapy, a mouthguard will help patients with TMJ disorders relieve some of the pressure on their jaw joints.