If your child plays contact sports or grinds their teeth, a mouth guard can reduce the risk of common oral health problems, like tooth damage and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). At Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee, board-certified pediatric dentist Priya Purohit, DDS, MSD, works with dental labs in the area to design and manufacture custom mouth guards for children. To make an appointment for your child, call the office or book online today.
Mouth guards are removable oral appliances that protect your child’s teeth and gums from damage. In some cases, they’re also used to reduce the risk of oral health problems, like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or bruxism (teeth grinding).
If your child plays sports or clenches their jaw, a mouth guard can encourage optimal oral health, ensuring that their smile stays beautiful for years.
At Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Purohit offers several types of mouth guards, including:
Some sports and physical activities increase your child’s risk of chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged teeth. Sports mouth guards provide an effective and affordable way to prevent injuries like knocked-out teeth or damaged orthodontic appliances. If your child plays hockey or football, or they skateboard or mountain bike, consider investing in a sports mouth guard.
A teeth-grinding mouth guard is a custom oral appliance your child wears at night during sleep. The mouth guard provides a thin barrier between your child’s upper and lower teeth, preventing damage to their enamel. These mouth guards also relieve pressure on the temporomandibular joints, reducing facial pain and muscle tension.
Sleep apnea mouth guards are custom-made oral appliances designed to minimize the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a sleep disorder characterized by loud snoring and gasping for air during sleep.
A sleep apnea mouth guard pushes your child’s lower jaw forward. That opens their airways, allowing them to breathe clearly throughout the night.
At Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry, getting a mouth guard takes two visits.
Dr. Purohit reviews your child’s dental records, performs an oral exam, and takes a series of digital X-rays. Then, she takes digital impressions of your child’s mouth.
Dr. Purohit sends your child’s impressions to a nearby dental lab. Technicians at the lab use your child’s impressions to design and manufacture a custom mouth guard that fits perfectly.
When the dental lab finishes your child’s mouth guard, you return to Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry. Dr. Purohit has your child try on the new mouth guard. Then, she makes adjustments as necessary and explains how to clean and care for it.
To see if your child can benefit from a mouth guard, make an appointment at Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry by calling the office or booking online today.