From our Family to Yours, we hope and pray that everyone in your life is healthy and feeling well. We are pleased to announce the Full Re-Opening of our practice! As we begin to return to our normal lives, our practice is now open for all dental procedures, not just emergent ones. Throughout this crisis, we have remained open to care for all emergency patients and we look forward to resuming all aspects of dental care. Lack of oral health has been directly linked to more serious health issues and cannot be overlooked. It is important to resume dental cleanings and to address any dental issues that have been put off during this crisis. Our staff is fully prepared to continue to protect our Patients from not only Covid-19 but from all viral exposure as the Infection Control and Anti-viral protocols that we have practiced for 30 years far exceed industry standards. To all our patients that had appointments cancelled due to this health crisis, we will be contacting you to reschedule those appointments. As always you can reach us at 718-876-9100 to schedule an appointment on your own or with any questions you may have. As always, our office and lab continue to welcome all new patients and emergencies if your current dental office is not available We look forward to seeing each of you again soon! All the best, Dr. Mormino, Lauren, Lisa, Anne Marie, Mary, Gladys, Annie & MaryEllen

Are Mouth Guards Right for You? By drmori on May 31, 2016

A clear mouth guardIf you play sports or suffer from nightly teeth grinding, you may be a candidate for a mouth guard. Wearing a mouth guard while playing sports or sleeping is a simple way to prevent potentially severe dental damage. General dentistry treatments, like mouth guards, combined with good oral hygiene habits can help protect the teeth from dental damage and keep your smile looking its best. Including a mouth guard as a part of your dental care routine can further help protect your oral health and prevent dental injuries. To find out if you are a good candidate for a mouth guard, schedule a consultation with Staten Island, NY dentist Joseph T. Mormino.

What Are Mouth Guards?

There are different types of mouth guards available to address each patient's unique needs. Although there are different types of mouth guards, they serve a similar purpose: protecting the teeth. In general, mouth guards are u-shaped trays worn while sleeping or during sports. Mouth guards may be custom-made by a dental office or purchased pre-made in store. Pre-made mouth guards are generally suitable for athletes, while custom-made mouth guards are comfortable enough to wear during sleep, making them ideal for those who suffer from teeth grinding.

Who Should Wear a Mouth Guard?

Anyone who requires extra dental protection may benefit from a mouth guard. Mouth guards provide extra protection from sports-related injuries and teeth grinding; they can also reduce the symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Candidates for mouth guards include:

  • Those who play sports: Dental damage, including chips, fractures, or tooth loss, are common consequences of sports-related injuries. Those who play sports, especially contact sports like football, are at particular risk for dental injuries. Wearing a mouth guard while playing sports can protect the teeth from unexpected damage. Even those who enjoy extreme sports, like skateboarding and BMX biking, may benefit from wearing a mouth guard.
  • Those who suffer from teeth grinding: Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, can lead to severe dental damage, such as enamel wear, tooth decay, and fractures. Those who suffer from teeth grinding can help protect their smile by wearing a mouth guard.
  • Those who suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder: Mouth guards called bite splints can help alleviate the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD is a condition that can make jaw movement painful and eating difficult. TMD symptoms are sometimes exacerbated by clenching the jaw, especially during sleep. Bite splints help prevent jaw clenching, reducing strain on the jaw joint and alleviating TMD symptoms.

The Benefits of Wearing a Mouth Guard

Mouth guards provide many benefits for anyone who is at risk of dental damage from sports-related injuries or teeth grinding. A mouth guard may even provide relief to those who suffer from TMD. A mouth guard can help protect the smile from fractures, chips, enamel wear, and tooth loss. Some of the many benefits of wearing a mouth guard include:

  • Prevent sports-related dental injuries
  • Protect the teeth from wear and damage caused by teeth grinding
  • Reduce TMD symptoms

Find Out if a Mouth Guards Is Right for You

For more information about mouth guards and if they can benefit you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mormino.

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Dr. Mormino is a member of several prestigious organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Second District Dental Association
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologist 
  • Academy of General Dentistry 

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