How Important are Sports Guards and Night Guards?

Mouth guards are special dental devices worn over your teeth to protect them from harm. Two of the most common types of mouthguards are sports guards and night guards. Each serves a specific purpose in preserving dental health and safety. We offer customized mouth guards at White Sage Dentistry, Salem, Oregon, to meet our patient’s unique dental needs.

Athletic Mouth Guard / Sports Guard

If you or any member of your family plays sports, you can benefit from an athletic mouth guard to protect your teeth from accidental injury. A customized sports guard will protect you against dental trauma on the sports field. Without proper protection, you run the risk of extensive damage to your gums, jaw, or teeth due to sports collisions. Athletic mouthguards form a protective cushion for your teeth to keep them from chipping, fracturing, or breaking. Sports guards can also keep you from accidentally biting your gums, tongue, or cheeks.

Night Guard for Teeth

A night guard can protect you from tooth damage caused by Bruxism, aka tooth grinding. Some people clench or grind their teeth in their sleep, leading to problems with chipped or cracked teeth. Other symptoms of Bruxism are:

  • Morning headaches due to the pressure of constantly clenching or grinding your teeth 
  • Worn teeth that are more susceptible to decay and breakage
  • TMJ pain
  • Pain when chewing or speaking
  • Chronic tiredness due to poor sleep

Wearing a night guard over your top or bottom teeth can protect them from the ill effects of Bruxism. A custom-fitted night guard offers both comfort and protection against tooth grinding to preserve your smile. Wearing a night guard can help reduce headaches in the morning and may even improve your sleep.

To reduce TMJ pain, we can design a TMJ night guard for your use. A night guard for TMJ keeps your jaw in alignment as you sleep to minimize problems with clenching your teeth. This can help relieve TMJ pain while also protecting your teeth.

For more information about protective mouth guards for your teeth, contact White Sage Dentistry in Salem, OR at (503) 877-1626.