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Why Mouthguards Are Important

November 15, 2021 7:59 pm | Published by

Mouthguards aren’t only for sports — they can be used any time you want to protect your smile from damage or wear. In many cases, people wear mouthguards to fight against bruxism, or teeth grinding, a common condition that usually occurs while you sleep.

Let’s take a look at the different types of custom mouthguards we offer at Mauka Family Dental and how you can decide when you should get a mouthguard.

What Is Teeth Grinding?

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, usually happens while we sleep. The primary cause of bruxism is stress and anxiety, although bruxism can usually occur due to sleep apnea (a sleep disorder which causes one to stop breathing or their breath to become shallow while they sleep), bite abnormalities, and other sleep disorders.

It can be difficult to tell if you suffer from bruxism, but here are some signs that you’re grinding your teeth:

  • * TMD/TMJ or sore jaw
  • * Headaches
  • * Loose, chipped, or broken teeth

Custom Mouthguards for Bruxism

When it comes to managing bruxism, wearing a custom mouthguard is one of the best ways to protect your teeth. While you can buy a mouthguard from your local drug store, custom mouthguards are made specifically for your teeth so you don’t have to deal with any of the aches and pains that come with an ill-fitting store bought mouthguard. At Mauka Family Dental, we’ll make sure your mouthguard is comfortable and functional before you go home!

Caring for your mouthguard is simple: all you have to do is rinse it out with warm water when you’re done using it, along with products like toothpaste, dish soap, white vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide to keep it bacteria free. Store your mouthguard in a safe, dry place when it’s not in use to make sure it lasts for years to come.

Custom Mouthguards for Sports

If you play a contact sport, you should definitely wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth. After all, you should be focused on your win while you play, not on your smile! Dr. Kim and Dr. Wee can help create a custom mouthguard that’s comfortable while you’re playing your favorite sport.

Affordable Mouthguards in Mililani, Hawaii

If you need relief from teeth grinding or want extra protection when you’re playing sports, we’d love to help make a custom mouthguard for you! At Mauka Family Dental, we’ll work with you to design a solution fit for your smile and offer flexible financing options to make your treatments affordable. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!

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