Mouthguards have been used to do a lot of things in the history of dentistry.

In today’s world, we have three great reasons you might want to get one for yourself or someone in your family. Mouthguards may seem like something small and simple, but they can help you save more than your smile.

To get a custom-fitted mouthguard at McNulty & Dancausse General Dentistry, call 704-766-8662 to set up an appointment at our Charlotte, NC dental office.

Stay in the Game

Sports have become a year-round affair in today’s world. Between summer basketball, early practices for fall sports, and the normal summer activities, you can find something to do anytime you want.

Yet, few people wear an athletic mouthguard unless it is mandatory for their sport of choice. That’s in spite of the fact that the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend wearing a mouthguard for any high-impact sport. To put it simply, you should be wearing a mouthguard if you run, jump, are in physical contact with other athletics, or hit, kick, or throw something.

More than 3 million teeth are knocked out every year during youth sports. Wearing a mouthguard also makes athletes 60 times less likely to suffer a dental injury.

This is why we make sports mouthguards as part of our general dentistry.

Take Care of Your Headache Problem

Are you waking up morning after morning with a headache? Jaw pain? Does your face feel tender or sore?

These could be symptoms of a TMJ disorder, which may be the result of grinding your teeth in your sleep. Millions of Americans do this although they may not be aware that it is the cause of their headaches and other pains.

Teeth grinding also wears down the enamel of your teeth. It can increase your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues as well.

You should not suffer any longer. You can get a special nightguard to wear while you sleep. This will prevent you from grinding your teeth, and it can alleviate the pressure leading to your frequent headaches and other painful problems.

Let us help you by finding out how you can get one of our customized mouthguards.

Stop Snoring & Sleep Better

Frequent loud and persistent can be a problem in and of itself of anyone who shares a hallway, much less a bed, with you. This kind of snoring can be a symptom of a sleep disorder called sleep apnea.

People with this condition also stop breathing repeatedly — as much as hundreds of times each night — which can lead to sleep deprivation and an increased risk of heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, and strokes among other health issues.

To patients with obstructive sleep apnea, a special kind of mouthguard can help you keep breathing and snore a lot less. This can help you and your spouse or partner get the healthy, deep sleep that you both need and deserve.

What Could a Mouthguard Do For You?

Mouthguards may not be the first reason you think of visiting the dentist, but they are a good reason to talk to our doctors at McNulty & Dancausse General Dentistry.

They can protect your smile, ease your pain, and help you get a good night’s rest. Just call our Charlotte, NC dental office at 704-766-8662 or contact us online if you’d like to talk about what a mouthguard could do for you.