Father’s Day is almost here! If you’re still stumped about a gift and would like to get Dad something more useful than another pair of socks or a tie, consider a custom mouthguard.

A mouthguard will improve your dad’s dental health, and his overall health too. At Smiles of Chattanooga, we use special design software and our own machine to manufacture mouthguards in our office. This is different from most dental practices, where mouthguards are made at an outside lab.

So dad can get exactly what he wants, with no long wait. We can make any needed adjustments, without back-and-forth communication with a lab partner. We make three kinds of mouthguards:

In all three cases, we make the mouthguards using impressions of dad’s teeth. This ensures a comfortable fit and better performance. For more information on getting dad a custom mouthguard, call us at 423-380-0681. We’re happy to work out the details with you!

In the meantime, we’ve offered some information on the different kinds of mouthguards we offer. If you have any questions, just let us know.

Custom Mouthguard Is an Important Piece of Sports Gear

Nearly 40 percent of all dental injuries involve sports, according to an article in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The best way to prevent sports-related injuries is with a custom mouthguard. It will fit your father perfectly, with no need for a frustrating “boil-and-bite” process. Made of durable materials, it will also withstand abuse better than a store-bought mouthguard.

A Sleep Apnea Mouthguard Will Help Everyone Get More Rest

sleep apnea mouthguard works by moving dad’s jaw into a position that keeps his airway clear as he sleeps. This prevents the frequent interruptions of breathing experienced by those who have obstructive sleep apnea. These pauses in breathing occur when the airway is blocked by his tongue or soft palate during sleep.

Your dad will notice many benefits from wearing the custom mouthguard, including feeling more alert and focused during the day. The unseen benefits are even more important. Sleep apnea shouldn’t be left untreated because it has been linked to several serious conditions, including high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes.

Whether or not your dad has apnea, a custom mouthguard will stop his snoring. This means the rest of your family will probably get a better night’s rest too!

A Custom Mouthguard Can Ease Chronic Jaw Pain

If your dad has nagging jaw pain, he may have a TMJ disorder, a condition that is caused when the temporomandibular joints become irritated and inflamed. Because these joints connect the jaw to the skull, we use them for everyday activities like talking and eating. So the pain can be distracting, to say the least.

Fortunately, we can relieve TMJ pain with a custom mouthguard. It works by easing pressure on the jaw and by keeping the wearer from clenching or grinding teeth, two habits that can cause TMJ problems. While a mouthguard should help, we can provide added relief with a quick and safe injection that will relax the muscles in your dad’s jaw.

Jaw pain is a primary symptom of a TMJ disorder, but it’s not the only one. Other symptoms include frequent headaches, a stiff or locked jaw, unexplained earaches, and facial swelling, especially near the jaw.

Interested in getting your dad a custom mouthguard for Father’s Day? Call Smiles of Chattanooga at 423-380-0681 so we can help with your gift.