Mouthguards & Nightguards
Whether your child wears braces or not, protecting their smile while playing sports is essential. Mouthguards help protect their teeth and gums from injury. If they participate in any kind of full-contact sport, the American Dental Association recommends that they wear a mouthguard. Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the boil-and-bite fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard from your child’s dentist. When you chose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable, and well-fitted for your child’s mouth, easy to keep clean, and does not prevent them from breathing properly. Dr. Hart can show your child how to wear a mouthguard properly and how to chose the right mouthguard to protect their smile.
If your child often wakes up with jaw pain, earaches, headaches, or if you notice your child clenching or grinding their teeth, they may have a common condition called bruxism. Many people do not even know that they grind their teeth, as often as it occurs when one is sleeping. If not corrected, bruxism can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, or even tooth loss.
There is an easy, non-invasive treatment for bruxism:nightguards. Nightguards are an easy way to prevent the wear and damage that teeth-grinding causes over time. Custom-made by Dr. Hart from soft material to fit your child’s teeth, a nightguard is inserted over their top or bottom arch and prevents contact with the opposing teeth.