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Bedford sports guards

Guards, Bite Appliances

Protect your teeth from sports injuries or grinding while you sleep

There are two common ways in which we damage our teeth: grinding and clenching, and playing sports.

At Hammond Dental Centre, we make custom guards and bite appliances that help to protect your teeth from both types of damage.

Grinding/clenching:

When you clench or grind your teeth while your sleep, dentists refer to this as "bruxism." It can result in chipped teeth, damaged fillings, painful headaches, and can even loosen your teeth. We can fit you with a special night guard that will protect your teeth from breaking down while you sleep.

Sports:

Playing a sport is wonderful for your health, but can leave your teeth vulnerable — particularly in contact sports such as hockey and football. We can fit athletes with sports guards to protect their teeth during physical activity.

Call Hammond Dental Centre today to learn more about guards and bite appliances.

FAQs

Q: Can you talk while wearing a sports guard?

A: Absolutely. We recognize that teammates need to be able to communicate during a game. Wearing a sports guard may muffle your speech slightly at first, but soon it becomes a comfortable part of your mouth.

Q: How do I know if I grind my teeth at night?

A: People often realize they grind their teeth because they regularly wake up with tooth pain, jaw pain, or a headache. Talk to us if you suspect you may be grinding or clenching at night, and we'll evaluate your teeth to see if a bite appliance would be beneficial.

Q: I often hear my child grinding their teeth at night. Should they be fitted for a bite appliance?

A: Bite appliances are not usually suggested for children with primary or mixed dentitions, as they can restrict the growth of their jaw and the normal exfoliation of their teeth. But please speak to us about your child's grinding habits, as there may be other ways we can help them.

Q: Does my dental insurance cover a custom guard or bite appliance?

A: It depends on your coverage, but most dental plans cover at least a portion of a guard or bit appliances. We would be happy to help you understand your available coverage, so please ask us at your next appointment.

“We like to get our patients involved with their treatment because, after all, they’re the ones at home every day with their toothbrush and floss!”