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Mouthguards New York NY

Just like the name suggests, mouthguards are used to protect or guard the mouth – especially the teeth. Patients of all ages can qualify for a mouthguard. Depending on the intention and type of the mouthguard, these removable oral appliances can be worn during the day or the night.

There are two basic reasons why patients seek a custom mouthguard. They can be worn to protect the mouth during sports (athletic mouthguard) or to guard the teeth and jaw from bruxism during the night (nightguard). In either case, mouthguards from your dentist are fabricated to maximize comfort, durability and effectiveness.

Athletic Mouthguards

A sports mouthguard can protect a player from mouth injuries that involve lip/cheek lacerations, chipped/cracked teeth, knocked out teeth, jaw fractures and more. Mouthguards aren’t just for football or hockey. In fact, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends a mouthguard for all children and youth participating in any organized sports activities. Is your athlete protected?

Know the Statistics

If you are still unsure about requiring your child to wear a mouthguard during play, consider the following staggering statistics:

  • More than 5 million teeth are injured or knocked out every year, resulting in nearly 500 million dollars spent on replacing teeth.
  • Up to 39% of all dental injuries are related to sports
  • Sporting activities account for the greatest percentage of traumatic dental injuries in teens
  • 50% of all children and teens will suffer at least one traumatic injury to a tooth by the time they graduate from high school
  • Broken teeth and other oral related injuries account for more than 600,000 emergency room visits a year
  • Sports related injuries account for 3 times more facial and dental injuries than violence or traffic accident
  • Athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to their teeth when not wearing a mouth guard!

The good news is that an estimated 200,000 oral injuries are estimated to be prevented annually in the U.S. by wearing mouth guards!

Custom Nightguards

A mouthguard can also be designed to be worn during nighttime sleep if a patient has a teeth grinding habit. Bruxism can involve a subconscious grinding or clenching of the teeth for hours on end. This puts tremendous strain on the TMJ (jaw joint) as well as the structures of your teeth. In fact, they are not intended to withstand this much pressure. Over time, patients can suffer the following symptoms of nighttime bruxism:

  • Jaw clicking/popping
  • Jaw pain or stiffness
  • Ear pain
  • Headaches
  • Receding gums
  • Worn down teeth
  • Cracked fillings
  • Loose or shifting teeth

Since it is nearly impossible to consciously stop a sleep habit like teeth grinding, a custom nightguard is used to protect your smile from the habit. When fit and worn correctly, a nightguard can provide a barrier for your teeth as well as lessen the strain of your jaw joint and surrounding muscles. Nightguards are especially important if you have expensive dental implants or other expensive dental restorations.

Store-Bought Versus Custom Mouthguards

Both sports mouthguards or nighttime mouthguards can be purchased online or at your local store. These versions are typically less expensive – but they often come with a higher price tag in terms of comfort, durability and effectiveness. Store-bought mouthguards at typically use a “boil and bite” approach that doesn’t always offer the most precise fit. When a mouthguard doesn’t fit correctly over your unique smile, it is less likely to stay in place and do its job of protecting your mouth.

Custom mouthguards, on the other hand, are made from higher quality materials and tailored to fit over every crevice and groove of your smile. Mouthguards from a dentist are more comfortable and longer-lasting. In fact, a custom athletic mouthguard can allow players to speak, breathe and drink without removal.

To learn more about the benefits of custom mouthguards from a trusted New York dentist? Call Group Health Dental. Whether you have child in contact sports or a husband who grinds his teeth at night, we value the importance of doing everything we can to protect their smile and save you from costly dental repairs. Getting a custom mouthguard involves a simple and very brief office visit!

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

230 W 41st St, Second Floor
New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 398-9690


Monday - Friday - 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Our Patient Reviews

Group Health Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 67 reviews

Karlee L.

VERY PLEASANT AND LOOKING FORWARD TO MY NEXT VISIT! This dental office was bright and warm from the moment I walked in. The young ladies there were friendly and very pleasant. They offered me a choice of beverage while explaining the online form enrollment process. My xray technician was very pleasant and went through a set of 18(!) x-rays using this new low-radiation equipment. It was a very painless process that went very quickly considering what it would normally take using the old way of taking individual bite-wings. Dr. Vazquez was also very pleasant as she patiently explained her observations of my x-rays.Afterward I sat down for my cleaning with Marcielle (spelling ?) - who was another round of pleasant service as she cleaned and polished my teeth. NO PAIN AT ALL! :) This office has a happy bright orange color theme which immediately adds to the very comforting and cheerful ambiance all around. All I can say is I highly recommend the staff here - they are so ready to deliver service with a smile!

Anita P.

When I stepped foot into the door at this dental office I was terrified because of my previous experiences in other dental offices. I had no choice but to come and get my teeth fixed so I made an appointment. I was warmly welcomed at the front desk and when I told the front desk how terrified I was of being there it was amazing how nice and supportive the ladies were. When I went in for x-rays the technician was amazing as she spoke to me and made me smile. The hygienist was amazing as she had to work hard to clean my teeth and she made me feel so comfortable and I had literally no fear what s ever. My fear was gone. As I saw the dentist I was amazed at her knowledge and he comfort and patience as she worked on me and advised me as to what I needed. I love this place and my fear of dentists is actually gone to the point that I already made two appointments for the rest of the work to be done. Thank you so much for making me feel so comfortable and part of your family as I was surrounded with people who actually cared about me and my feelings and who made me feel better. Thank you soooooooo much.

Olivia L.

Wow just started about 2 weeks ago and I must tell you that my experience was pleasant. I know how could this be possible. They were professional and attentive. The wait time is so short I could not believe it. They are knowledgeable and really work with you and your situation. Not looking to make that buck like so many others I have been to. I felt comfortable which has never been the case. The place is clean and covers a lot of dental work under one roof. I must say it is the best place I have been in years. They get my vote and I will be returning to continue my needed work !!

Dalit A.

I had an appointment with Dr. Concencion and got feedback on why I was there, which was for my concern about a tooth that had trauma to it years ago. I got a full exam that included full mouth x-rays and a cleaning. The receptionists, x-ray technician, dental hygienist, and dentist were all very friendly and pleasant to be around. It was really the most welcoming and comforting experience I've ever had at a dentist's office. I found it a little strange that I have to schedule a consultation with the endodontist to discuss my tooth that I am concerned about, but then again I don't know much about these things and actually do trust that they were being genuine about the medical advice I was given (which is usually not my feeling as a new patient at a dentist's office).


I first went to Group Health Dental at the beginning of 2015 for a root canal. My original dentist wanted to only do certain procedures because he didn't feel it was worth it financially since I have union coverage. He actually told me this to my face. He left me in tremendous pain and I even had to demand antibiotics. I was referred to Group Health by someone else but they were not able to help me because I was too swollen and they did not have an oral surgeon. I went elsewhere to have the tooth extracted since the infection was too severe for the tooth to be saved. Months later, I still needed work since I since never went back to the original dentist. I decided to take a chance with Group Health Dental and I am so glad I did. I walked in the door terrified from my experiences elsewhere but EVERYONE, from the young ladies at reception, the dental hygenist, exray technician, root canal specialist, dentist, his assistant and even the young ladies taking your payment made it an amazing experience for me. Pleasant, caring, gentle and professional people in a clean and pleasing atmosphere. I purposefully waited until all the work was done and waited an additional week to make sure the new work wasn't bothering me to write this review. If I could give them ten stars, I would. Group Health Dental rocks!!! :-) :-) :-)

Romairy L.

I was one of those people that dreaded going to the dentist, but after I started going to Group Health Dental in Midtown, I met Dr. Benito and everything changed. Now I am one of those people who actually looks forward to her dentist appointments. He and his assistant have rake in the street which causes both of them to always be in a great mood and they always are happy to see you. He always makes me laugh, and I mean always. Dr. Bonito and Esmira ( his assistant) are wonderful. they always make sure you're completely satisfied with their work, they're very attentive and always make time to see you when you have an emergency or need to speak with them. Now going to the dentist is one of those things that I post about on Facebook because I always come back with a new story or a new joke to tell after my visit to Dr. Benito and Esmira. If you want to have a dentist that feels more like visiting a friend than getting work done, you need to try Dr. Benito. #mydentistisbetterthanyours!!!

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