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Benefits of Getting a Mouth Guard


Posted on 9/20/2017 by Dr. Shiotsu
Mouth Guard Goichi Shiotsu, DDS WA 98040
Getting a mouth guard can help protect your teeth. There are many different types of mouth guards out there to protect you. It really depends on what it is your teeth need protection from. Some need protection from outside events, such as rough sports.

Others need protection from within, as they may have bruxism. No matter why you need a mouth guard, the best reason to get one is to make sure your teeth remain safe and sound.

What Mouth Guards Are Meant to Do

The long and the short of what a mouth guard is meant to do is to guard your mouth. However, what it is guarding against changes for each person. Some people come in and get sports mouth guards.

They have contact sports that they engage in, or even simply enjoy on their off-time. These contacts are sometimes brutal and can slam teeth together in a very painful manner. Using a mouth guard can go a long way towards protecting the teeth from these impacts.

Another set of patients come in to see us for nighttime mouth guards. They want help protecting their teeth from an unconscious habit. When many people fall asleep, they begin to either grind or clench their teeth.

This is called bruxism. When a mouth guard is placed in the mouth prior to going to sleep, the person is able to sleep better, and their teeth will not be damaged when they wake up in the morning.

If you believe your mouth could be protected from the use of a mouth guard, call us. We can examine your mouth, talk to you about your needs and desires, and see if one of our customized mouth guards could help to protect your teeth. Schedule your appointment with us today!

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (206) 232-3600 today.

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