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Learn More About Mouth Guards

Are you struggling with bruxism? Perhaps you deal with pesky TMJ pain day in and day out. If either of these scenarios sounds like you, you may benefit from a mouth guard. At Dr. Matthew J. Cavendish’s dental office, we’re committed to providing mouth guards and other dental treatment to our Phoenix, AZ patients. After consulting with you, we’ll come up with a plan to address your concerns. Regardless of the scope of your teeth grinding or sleep apnea, Dr. Cavendish and his team strive to help you find relief. Find out if a mouth guard is the solution for you.

woman holding a transparent mouth guard

What Is a Mouth Guard?

Mouth guards are specially-designed devices that fit perfectly over your teeth and gums. They serve to protect your teeth, tongue, cheeks, and gums from trauma, including damage caused by teeth grinding. Patients of all ages can benefit from a custom-fit mouth guard.

What Can Mouth Guards Help Treat?

When we think of mouth guards, we often think of athletes protecting their teeth from damage during sports practices and games. However, mouth guards can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, far beyond just protection from impact. In fact, mouth guards are a staple at many dentist offices. Mouth guards may be prescribed for the following conditions:

Mouth Guards for Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, affects countless adults throughout the country. Fortunately, a fitted mouth guard can provide a solution. Although we do not yet have a cure for chronic teeth grinding, a mouth guard will limit how much grinding and clenching happens overnight. They protect the teeth against unnecessary damage and reduce discomfort associated with bruxism.

Mouth Guards for Sleeping

Many times, our patients struggle with grinding and clenching throughout the night. We’ll fit you with a mouth guard to wear during the night. But don’t worry—mouth guards are designed with your comfort in mind, and they won’t affect your ability to fall asleep!

Mouth Guards for TMJ

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is another condition that’s all too common among adults. Mouth guards can be instrumental in reducing TMJ pain over time. They adjust teeth and serve to correct your bite, all while allowing your facial muscles to relax and discourage locking.

Mouth Guards for Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Sleep apnea and snoring mouth guards are also quite prevalent. Mouth guards help increase the size of the upper airway and allow you to breathe easier while asleep. Compared with traditional CPAP machines, mouth guards are simpler to use and don’t use any electricity.

How to Clean a Mouth Guard

Cleaning a mouth guard is easy with just a few household supplies. If you have toothpaste and access to cool water, you’re in luck! Simply rinse your mouth guard in cold water and gently brush it with a tiny bit of toothpaste. Once you’ve gotten all the nooks and crannies, rinse off the mouth guard and set it out to dry. Other supplies you could use to clean your mouth guard include:

  • Mild soap and water
  • Baking soda
  • Mouthwash
  • Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide (for deep cleaning)
  • Chemical cleaners (for deep cleaning)

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Whether you need a mouth guard for sleep apnea or chronic bruxism, Dr. Matthew J. Cavendish and his team are here for you. Don’t struggle with teeth grinding or TMJ pain alone—mouth guards could be the perfect solution to alleviate your symptoms! Phoenix residents are welcome to get in touch with our dental office to schedule an appointment.