We are pleased to announce that our office is open! • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. * All patients will be required to wear face coverings to enter the office. • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed. • Every patient will have their temperature taken upon entering the office. If above 100 degrees, we will ask you to reschedule your appointment for the safety of our staff and other patients. • We want you to call the office or text when you arrive for your dental appointment. We will then call you when your room is ready so you go straight back to the chair. For the time being, we will not have a “waiting room”. • Following your appointment, we will do a “virtual” checkout by calling you to take any payments and/or schedule any follow up appointments. • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time. • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That means that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. If you already have a scheduled appointment we may need to reschedule to a future date to be able to follow the new guidelines. We appreciate your patience as we all work through this pandemic and resume back to business. Sincerely Dr. Belnap, Dr. Jergense and staff,

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Mouth Guard?

April 6, 2017 — by tbelnap
Tags: General Dentistry Teeth Grinding Tmj Disorders Sports Dentistry

A custom mouth guardThe team at PQ Family Dentistry believes in comprehensive general, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatments. We've built a strong reputation in the Rancho Penasquitos area for enhancing health while promoting wellness through preventative care and patient education.

For some of our patients, a mouth guard may be just what they need. Some people may not know what a mouth guard is and what it can do. Let's take a moment to cover some of the basics and discuss who may be a candidate.

What Is a Mouth Guard?

A mouth guard is a protective retainer that can be worn for a variety of reasons. The guard is made of durable materials, to ensure that the teeth, gums, and other structures of the mouth are properly protected at all times.

There are different reasons for people to wear mouth guards. Below are some of the most common candidates for having mouth guards placed.

Mouth Guards for Athletes

In contact sports and combat sports, there's a high risk of serious injury to your teeth, gums, and other structures of your mouth. This is a major risk in particular for people who participate in contact sports (such as football and hockey) as well as combat sports (such as boxing and mixed martial arts). Even in non-contact sports such as basketball and soccer, there is a chance that a sports injury could result in serious harm to the face or chin.

Mouth guards can help protect the teeth from chips and cracks, and can also protect the tongue from serious injuries. A protective retainer is ideal for athletes of all levels, from professionals and students to semi-pros and weekend warriors.

Mouth Guards for Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Teeth grinding refers to the gnashing, clenching, and shifting of the teeth when you are asleep. This can be caused by a number of issues, such as tooth misalignment, excessive stress, and use of certain medications. Treating teeth grinding typically involves a combination of therapies to help address the root problem you are facing.

One of the key treatment options for teeth grinding is the use of a type of mouth guard known as a night guard. This helps prevent direct contact between the upper teeth and the lower teeth, reducing stress and protecting your teeth from harm in the process.

Mouth Guards for TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders refer to a problem with your jaw joint. The telltale signs of this problem are the locking, popping, and clicking of your jaw. Some people also notice pain and a strange slipping or grinding sensation in the jaw. To restore joint function and comfort, dental therapy is required.

One of the potential causes of TMJ disorders is teeth grinding. To help alleviate some of the stress on the jaw, a mouth guard may be created to to be worn at night. Additional therapies can then be performed to improve overall dental health and wellness.

Custom Mouth Guards Offer Unmatched Comfort

It's a good idea to have a custom mouth guard made rather than buying the retainers and guards that you can find at some sporting goods stores. A custom retainer is far more comfortable for your mouth. Your dentist and the dental lab that crafts the mouth guard will take great care to ensure that comfort as well as overall effectiveness of use are emphasized.

Contact PQ Family Dentistry

If you would like more information about mouth guards and how they can help you have a healthy smile, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at PQ Family Dentistry is here to answer your questions and address your concerns.