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Mouthguards/Sportsguards – Orange Park, FL

Effectively Protecting Smiles from Knocked-Out, Damaged Teeth

Is your teen actively involved in sports? Do you find yourself clenching your teeth when you feel stressed? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then it is time to talk to Dr. Matthew Nawrocki about a custom mouthguard or sportsguard. After all, neglecting to wear one can result in excessive wear and tear on your teeth or an anxiety-inducing injury. To schedule an appointment, simply contact our office, and our fantastic staff will take it from there!

The Purpose of Mouthguards and Sportsguards

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Did you know over 5 million teeth are avulsed each year in sports-related incidents alone? Fortunately, that’s where sportsguards come in. Their custom-made, plastic-blend is designed to protect your smile or your little athlete’s smile against soccer balls, accidental elbows, and any other dangers. On the other hand, mouthguards are used to protect excessive wear and tear from grinding and clenching stemming from stress, an abnormal bite, sleep apnea, and missing or crooked teeth. Although they are created to address each dental concern specifically, they both are similar in that they are extremely effective at preventing dental emergencies.

How to Tell If Your Child Is a Good Candidate

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Whether your child plays a contact or non-contact sport, they should be wearing a sportsguard. Otherwise, their fun afternoon of kicking the soccer ball around or diving for the volleyball can turn into an emergency trip to the dentist. However, depending on the symptoms your child is exhibiting, they may or may not be a candidate for a nightguard. A few of the indicators Dr. Nawrocki will look for during their appointment are:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Facial pain and other symptoms associated with TMJ
  • Sensitivity to cold foods and beverages
  • Tooth cracks or chips

Benefits of Protective Oral Appliances

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When it comes to preventing unpleasant, potentially painful dental injuries, protective oral appliances are crucial. However, they serve a larger purpose than just protecting the appearance of you and your loved one’s smile. They also:

  • Allow for maximum airflow and easy breathing since they aren’t obtrusive or bulky
  • Aren’t one-size-fits-all appliances, which are often extremely uncomfortable
  • Protect your enamel from thinning
  • Prevent your root, bone, and jaw from sustaining an injury

Does it sound like you or your child could benefit from a custom-made oral appliance? Dr. Nawrocki and our team are ready to help! Don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule an appointment.