The American Dental Associate (ADA) Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention and the Council on Scientific Affairs encourage patient education about the benefits of mouth guard use. Additionally, these are ADA Seal of Acceptance products and provide scientific proof of demonstrating safety and efficacy. 

 

What are some benefits of using a mouth guard? Continue reading below to find out along with how The Landing Dental Spa can supply you with your own. 

WHAT IS A MOUTH GUARD?

 

Occlusal guards are removable mouth guards that help prevent wear and tear on your teeth during the night. There are specific standards that ADA sets for an ideal mouth guard. It should:

 

  • Fit appropriately to the wearer’s mouth as well as to adapt to their oral structures.
  • Be made from resilient material approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Cover all teeth on one arch.
  • Comfortably and securely stay in place.
  • Be easy to clean. 
  • Maintain high-impact energy absorption.
  • Reduce transmitted forces when the wearer faces an impact if participating in sports or physical activity. 

 

Types of Mouth Guards

The type of mouth guard you may need can be best recommended by your dentist or healthcare professional. There are three main types, each to fit the needs of the person requiring one. 

  • Mouth Guard - Landing Dental SpaCustom-Made: Visit your dentist to get a custom-made mouth guard that molds to your teeth. It is correctly structured for your mouth and provides the best fit, which in turn can be more comfortable. 
  • Stock: Stock mouth guards are regularly available and affordable. They come in all sizes and fit over your teeth. Most only cover the top of your teeth. Frequently, this option can be uncomfortable and might not fit properly. 
  • Boil and Bite: Also an inexpensive option and found in most drugstores, boil and bite mouth guards fit custom to your teeth. You would boil the mouth guard until it softens and then places it over your front teeth then bit down. This option can give you a better fit compared to stock mouth guards if you follow instructions.  

WHY DO YOU NEED A MOUTH GUARD?

Mouth guards serve multiple purposes for individuals and are most effective when worn as instructed.  

  • Sports: Dental injuries are common and recognized by the ADA. They prove to reduce the risk of dental sports injuries. Mouth guards promote safety and oral healthcare to those who participate in sports, including, but not limited to, basketball, hockey, wrestling, volleyball and more.
  • Teeth Grinding: A chipped tooth is a sign that you are grinding your teeth when sleeping. This puts unnecessary pressure on the enamel of your teeth. Chronic grinding can occur if you do not get this fixed or seen by a dentist. 
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD): This condition occurs when the muscles around your jaw are inflamed, which happens from clenching your teeth together along with grinding them. A mouth guard can assist with this disorder through the prevention of teeth clenching and grinding. 
  • Taking Antidepressants: In 2012, a study of Clinics discovered paroxetine, the main ingredient in antidepressants, causes teeth grinding at night. Contact your dentist if you are experiencing pain or discomfort and need a mouth guard to protect your teeth against side effects.  
  • Sleep Apnea: This sleeping disorder, sleep apnea, causes a person to stop breathing while sleeping temporarily. It can be helped if the person wears a mouth guard. It works by pushing their lower jaw and tongue forward and keeping their airway open. 
  • Snoring: A person can reduce their snoring through the use of a mouth guard. Snoring happens through the vibrations of soft tissue in one’s upper airway. Similar functionality to sleep apnea, the mouth guard works to keep your airway open. 

BENEFITS OF GOING TO THE DENTIST 

By going to your dentist for a mouth guard, you are making the most beneficial and useful investment towards fixing oral discomfort. While they can be a more expensive option, getting a custom-fit mouth guard is a sure-fire way of knowing you will receive the best care for the best price with comfort and efficiency. 

MOUTH GUARD | THE LANDING DENTAL SPA 

Don’t settle for pain or discomfort. Contact your dentist today to speak with them about the possibilities of getting a custom fit mouth guard for you. We are here to ensure you reach the top oral healthcare in the area, so at The Landing Dental Spa, we will recommend the best-personalized treatment for your condition.

We accommodate all of our patients with full-service cosmetic and family dentistry. Our relaxing environment will calm you while being treated. Our services range from dental exams, root canals, teeth whitening, Botox and much more.

We can’t wait to meet you and to make you smile. Schedule your appointment today by giving us a call: 304-594-2200

Rachael Adams

Office Manager

A native of Fairmont, West Virginia, Rachael Adams has eight years of experience in the dental industry. As Office Manager, Rachael assists with billing and insurance, and takes pride in making a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis. Rachael also takes pleasure in her work environment and spending time with her work family.

In her spare time, Rachael enjoys boating and shopping.

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Miranda Quinn

Dental Hygienist

A 2007 graduate of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry, this West Virginia native has been a part of The Landing Dental Spa family since its inception in 2011. As a Dental Hygienist, Miranda performs dental cleanings and x-rays, and helps consult patients on proper dental hygiene.

Miranda most enjoys the office’s up-to-date equipment and the laid-back staff she works with on a daily basis. Outside of work, she likes shopping, WVU sports, and spending time with her husband, Jason, and son, Ashton.

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Tiffany Miller

Clinical Coordinator

A Morgantown, West Virginia native, Tiffany Miller is a Clinical Coordinator at The Landing Dental Spa. Prior to joining the team at TLDS, Tiffany earned a degree in Child Development and Family Studies from West Virginia University.

As Clinical Coordinator, Tiffany schedules patients, handles payments, collects data and makes sure everything is running smoothly at the office. Tiffany genuinely enjoys the work environment at TLDS, and loves those she works with. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys shopping and spending time with her daughter, Addisyn.

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Kim Varda

Dental Hygienist

Originally from Spencer, West Virginia, Kimberly Varda has been a Dental Hygienist at The Landing Dental Spa since 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene form WVU, after which she spent two years gaining experience at several dental practices throughout West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

As a Dental Hygienist, Kimberly performs cleanings, takes x-rays, places sealants, and provides fluoride treatments and oral hygiene instruction. Kimberly most enjoys the family atmosphere at The Landing Dental Spa, and takes pride in her relationships with the office’s valued clients. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping and hiking.

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Brittnee Mathess

Dental Assistant

A Morgantown, West Virginia native, Brittnee Mathess is a Dental Assistant at The Landing Dental Spa. As part of her job, she assists dentist during patient procedures and treatments, takes x-rays, sterilizes instruments, sets up rooms for treatment, and stocks the rooms with dental supplies.

Brittnee enjoys making patients feel comfortable and relaxed, and loves working with children who come in for treatment. In her spare time, she enjoys boating, spending time with family, and being with her boyfriend, Shane.

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