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Athletic Mouth Guards and Night Guards

If you or your child plays sports you may be at risk for a dental-related sports injury - one which could have been easily prevented with a mouth guard. The American Dental Association estimates that athletes who don’t wear mouth guards are 60 times more likely to suffer dental injury than those who do.  

Though mouth guards are primarily designed to protect the teeth, they can also greatly reduce the degree of force transmitted from a trauma impact point (jaw) to the central nervous system (base of the brain).  In this way, mouth guards help minimize the risk of traumatic brain injury, which is especially important for younger children, as well as injuries to the gums and soft tissues, neck and jaw.   

A mouth guard is a piece of soft plastic shaped to fit inside the mouth, protecting the lips, cheeks, tongue, teeth and the jaw when they are hit by large object - like a ball, or someone's elbow or head.  We can make you or your child a custom-fitted mouth guard that offers greater protection, comfort, and durability, and allows athletes to communicate more easily, than one bought at the drug store.  Custom-fit mouth guards are also advised for a child with braces because they won’t interfere with orthodontic treatment.   Read Dr. Morrison's blog to learn more about how to protect your child's mouth  - and BRAIN - with a custom-fitted mouth guard

Protect your smile, or your child’s smile – wear a mouth guard at all practices and competitions.   If you have questions about mouth guards, or would like to schedule an appointment with to have an expertly-fitted mouth guard made for your child, contact our office today at 919 755 3450. 

Night Guards

Have you been told or do you suspect that you grind your teeth at night? If so, you may be suffering from a condition called bruxism, which is not only harmful to your teeth, but may also cause additional problems like jaw pain and headaches.  Learn more about bruxism by reading Dr. Morrison's dental blog:  Five Reasons A Night Guard May Be Right for You

Let us help you protect your teeth from the effects of teeth grinding with a custom night guard. This plastic guard is worn at night while you sleep, and covers and preserves the teeth from grinding. Night guards have also been shown to relieve jaw pain and headaches associated with grinding.  If you suspect you are grinding your teeth at night, contact our office to discuss the possibility of a night guard.