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Dear Smiles4OC patients,

Dentists in California have been asked by the California Dental Association to voluntarily suspend nonessential or non-urgent dental care until further notice.

CDA does not make this request lightly and it is being done out of an abundance of caution during this historic public health emergency. At Smiles4OC we have decided to comply with this request to do our part in "flattening the curve” in order to follow sound, scientific public health advice to help limit infections and slow the spread of the virus. CDA also believes that by taking these extraordinary precautions dentists can make a difference in helping to preserve the limited supply of personal protective equipment critical for emergency dental care and frontline health care of personnel responding to the pandemic.

We are uncertain as to when we will be back to work. We are available for emergencies. Patients can call 714-557-0700 or email info@smile4oc.com with any questions or concerns. We are confident we have a very safe environment to treat our patients. However, you must call first as walk-ins will not be seen without an appointment.

Please practice safety, take care of yourselves and your family. And let us know how we can help.

Sincerely,
Dr. Rolfes and the Smiles4OC Team
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Protect your teeth while you sleep: Costa Mesa dentists offer custom fit dental mouthguards

According to the American Dental Association, teeth grinding (bruxism) affects up to 15 percent of adults. Bruxism can be detrimental to your teeth as well as your overall health. Dental mouth guards, or night guards, are put over the teeth to preventing grinding or clenching. The guard acts as a barrier between the top and bottom teeth. At Smilese4OC in Costa Mesa, we have experience diagnosing bruxism and treating it with the help of custom fit night guards.

Why patients may need night guards

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Night guards are very effective at eliminating grinding and clenching. Grinding refers to moving the jaw back and forth, while clenching is when you bite down with pressure for an extended period. Grinding and clenching often occur at night during sleep, when the person is unaware of what is happening.

Grinding and clenching can negatively impact the health of your teeth. When done repeatedly it will remove the protective outer layer of enamel, which can leave teeth more susceptible to decay.

What night guards feel like

While it may take some time to get used to a new night guard it will not hurt. Most people adjust within a week, while some may take several weeks or months to get used to the appliance. We recommend wearing the guard for a few hours while you are awake to get used to how it feels.

If a night guard causes you pain, it’s because it does not fit properly.

Different types of night guards

When looking at night guards, patients have two options. The first is an over the counter guard that can be bought at almost any pharmacy. The guard is boiled and then bit into while still warm to create a fairly comfortable, semi-custom fit.

We recommend professional mouth guards from a dental lab. Custom fit night guards make sure that the jaw is properly aligned and will not fall out or cause pain. Custom mouth guards are also long lasting with proper care.

To learn more about custom night guards, call (714) 557-0700 today.


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