Mouthguards in San Jose, CA

Protecting your teeth is essential to maintaining good oral health and preventing potential dental issues. While regular brushing and flossing are important, certain activities require additional protection for your teeth. These include night grinding or clenching and participating in contact sports.   Blossom Dental Excellence offers custom-made mouthguards to help keep your teeth safe from potential damage.

What Are Mouthguards?

Mouthguards are oral appliances designed to protect your teeth, jaw and gums from injury. They are typically made of plastic material molded to fit over your upper teeth. Mouthguards work by absorbing the impact of a blow or force on your mouth, preventing damage to your teeth and surrounding tissues.

Types of Mouthguards

Nightguards

Nightguards are designed to prevent clenching and grinding of teeth, also known as bruxism. This involuntary habit can cause damage to your teeth and jaw and even headaches.
Benefits of wearing a night guard include:

  • Improved sleep quality
  • Reduced jaw pain
  • Reduced Headaches
  • Decrease potential dental issues, such as cracked or chipped teeth

Sports Mouthguards

Like night guards, sports mouthguards are oral appliances used during physical activities to protect your teeth from injury. They are specifically designed to fit over your teeth and provide a barrier between them and any impact.
Benefits of wearing a sports mouthguard include:

  • Protection against tooth fractures or loss
  • Reduced risk of jaw injuries
  • Prevention of soft tissue damage in the mouth, such as cuts or bruises
  • Decreased chances of concussion

Tips on How to Care for Your Mouthguards

  • Rinse your mouthguard in cool water immediately after wearing it to remove any accumulated saliva and debris.
  • Clean your mouthguard regularly with a toothbrush, gentle toothpaste, antibacterial soap or alcohol-free mouthwash. The American Dental Association recommends brushing it similarly to how you brush your teeth.
  • Consider soaking your mouthguard in hydrogen peroxide or distilled white vinegar for a more thorough clean. Both substances have disinfectant properties that can help eliminate bacteria.
  • Dry properly before storing it to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Store your mouthguard in a sturdy, ventilated case to protect it from damage and allow air circulation.
  • The mouthguard case should also be cleaned regularly with dish soap, but avoid putting it in the dishwasher as high temperatures may cause it to warp.
  • Regularly inspect your mouthguard for wear and tear. If it’s damaged or doesn’t fit properly anymore, it’s time to replace it.

How Often Should You Replace Nightguards and Sports Mouthguards?

There isn’t a definitive rule for how long mouthguards should last. However, if your nightguard develops holes or cracks that go completely through the material, it’s time to get a new one. A soft nightguard may need to be replaced every 6 to 12 months for people with mild jaw clenching.

As for sports mouthguards, a general rule of thumb is to replace them every year. But for children whose mouths are still growing, they should be replaced every six months or at the end of their sports season. Replacing the mouthguard after each season or every six months is also advisable, even for adults.

  It’s best to consult your dentist for specific guidelines on how often you should replace your mouthguard based on your individual needs.

Protect Your Teeth With High-Quality, Custom-Made Mouthguards

Blossom Dental Excellence provides custom-made night guards and sports mouthguards in San Jose, CA and the neighboring areas. Our oral appliances are designed to fit comfortably and provide maximum protection for your teeth during specific activities. We use high-quality materials and advanced technology to create personalized, durable mouthguards tailored to your unique needs.

Contact us now for more information or to schedule an appointment!
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