Did you know that athletes who don’t wear mouth protection are 60 times more likely to experience dental damage? Or that you can grind your teeth while sleeping without being aware of it? Excel Dental offers you solutions for both situations using Ozark mouthguards. Our professionally made mouthguards will help you:
Doctor Nick Matthews on mouthguards
Mouthguards are super important. People sometimes don’t quite appreciate the risk their mouth’s in. There’s a couple types that they like to talk about. So the first type is a night guard. A lot of people, especially those hard-driving people that are really ambitious or just go, go, go all the time or your athletes – I have a lot of patients that run triathlons, do things like that. You can see them around town, they’re clenching their teeth, they’re really putting their energy into it. They’re giving it their all. Well, that could be really hard on your teeth without you even knowing it. Same thing is happening at night. We’re asleep, we’re grinding our teeth or we’re just clenching really hard. Something as simple as an acrylic mouthguard that you put in there can save you thousands of dollars and decades of wear on your teeth. It’s almost a no-brainer. Nearly everyone would benefit from having one, certainly the people who do any sort of grinding or clenching and adding that extra stress to their teeth.
The second type that’s really popular, that is almost even more important, is sports guards, mouthguards for kids that are playing ball. I say kids, but it could be people of any age. Here it is, the end of April. Baseball seasons and parks seasons are already starting back up, and we’ve already had several injuries this year, so it happens fast. What we offer here in the office is different than what you buy at the store because it’s going to be custom fit, meaning it’s going to be made from better materials. Instead of being a boil-and-bite that fills your whole mouth up and you’re gagging all and you’re trimming with scissors, this isn’t going to have all that excess material. The material is more rigid. This is made specifically for your teeth. The ones you can bite and boil, they’re really designed to be boilable, they’re not designed to protect your teeth. It’s mass-marketed. It’s kind of a one size fits all. It’s better than nothing, but it’s not really what you need. What we find is, people who go with the boil and bites end up not wearing them because they’re uncomfortable to wear. It’s like anything else. If you buy a new pair of shoes and it’s uncomfortable, you’re not going to wear it. You buy a mouthguard that’s comfortable, then you’ll wear it, and then you won’t have to worry about it.
- Prevent costly teeth damage while playing sports
- Lessen the chances of experiencing a painful dental emergency
- Eliminate harmful teeth grinding and tooth enamel damage
- Avoid the need for restorative dental work or tooth replacement
Protect your smile! Call our team today at (417) 233-4280 to get a custom-fit mouthguard. Our address is 1427 W. State Hwy. J – not far from Ozark West and Ozark North Elementary Schools.
Custom-Fit Mouthguards Protect Against Sports Mishaps
If you have a young athlete at home, you may already be aware of the need for a custom mouthguard. Football, hockey, and basketball are sports in which athletic mouthguards are usually worn. However, any sport or athletic activity involving a flying ball or object, or where players frequently come in contact with each other, can potentially cause teeth damage.
Our custom-made mouthguards will fit better, provide more protection, and last longer than store-bought options. So-called boil-and-bite mouthguards just don’t offer the same protection or durability as our professionally made mouthguards will. When it’s your child’s teeth that are at risk, you want only the best. We can fit them with a new mouthguard that will protect them and give you peace of mind.
Avoid Dental Damage Caused by Teeth Grinding
Many of our patients grind their teeth while sleeping, and they’re not even aware of it until we point it out. During routine checkups, we check for signs of abnormal tooth wear caused by grinding. Over time, teeth grinding (known as bruxism) can wear down your teeth, causing you pain and problems with your bite that could require restorative dentistry to correct.
We can fit you with a custom night guard that will rest comfortably in your mouth while you sleep. It will not only keep you from grinding your teeth, but it may help your jaw feel better as well, since teeth grinding can cause problems with your TMJ (jaw joint).