Mouth guard - anybody use one?

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by ragdolling, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. ragdolling

    ragdolling Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    I just got fitted by my dentist for a night guard because I clench my teeth when I concentrate or am exerting myself, and am grinding em down to nubs and need crowns, etc. Since he told me this, I noticed when I come out of the water sometimes my jaw is actually tired from clenching when I'm paddling for waves. So I am thinking of wearing a mouth guard when I surf but it seems like it'd be tough to get used to, especially swimming and exhaling under water, etc. I don't want to lose the thing.

    Anybody have any experience or advice with this? Anybody try those high performance Armourbite things that go on the lower teeth?

    Before I hear the inevitable kook gear comments, I'm trying to save myself thousands in future dental work here.
  2. ClemsonSurf

    ClemsonSurf Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    I hear ya on this. I had a bad teeth grinding dream last night, they're the worst. I don't think it's terribly kooky i mean every football player wears them, boxers, mma.... pretty much all sports have some people that wear them sometimes. No one's gonna be checking out your grill anyway.

  3. Plover

    Plover Active Member

    May 12, 2012
    My initial thought is to quit the coffee or 5hourenergy drinks or the coke or whatever.....if that's not the case, maybe stress management....either way, grill comes first.
  4. fl.surfdog

    fl.surfdog Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2010
    you wont lose 'em if you super glue 'em....just kidding...some people would actually try it.
  5. Zippy

    Zippy Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2007
    My wife has a night guard for grinding her teeth. I sometimes cant sleep because of it. She doesn't surf though so can't help you on that. Its not kooky at all IMO, if it saves your teeth wear it, I ain't judging.
  6. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    My only concern would be on a heavy wipeout, I'd be freaked out the thing would get lodged in my throat.
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  7. BrianSurfs

    BrianSurfs Member

    Feb 20, 2012
    Interesting thread...I've been hit in the mouth so many times by my surfboards it's no wonder I haven't lost my front teeth. I've debated whether I should wear a mouthguard similar to what I what I wore as kid playing football and baseball. I might give it a try and add it to the many hats, sun glasses, and contact lenses I've left on the bottom of the ocean.
  8. Erock

    Erock Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2011
    Ask your dentist if there is a solution for fitting the thing to your teeth like they would a partial or something like that. That aside, I think a football-style guard will be too cumbersome and inhibit your breathing.

    Just try things out. Even if you go through 100's of mouth guards it's still way cheaper then getting into the chair of pain and expense.
  9. jfadness

    jfadness New Member

    Jan 19, 2017
    Late to this, but figure I would add my two cents incase someone can benefit.

    I also notice i heavily clench my teeth while paddling for waves, and my dentist has noticed a bit of damage to by back molars due to it. The best mouthguard i've seen for it is made by ShockDoctor, and it's called the Superfit (Also called the Basketball Mouthguard). It's only $20, and fits really slim. If you heat mold it correctly, it will actually sort of snap onto your teeth / lock in, and it's really low profile.

    It fits onto your upper teeth, which is the kind you want. The lower jaw mouthguards tend to not lock on to your teeth as well, and are more purely held by gravity.)

    Not saying this is the solution, but worth a go! (Also comes in white, so there is a very low chance of this being visible / you being spotted as a kook in the line up ).

    Hope this helps!
  10. nynj

    nynj Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2012
    Thank you Jfadness!!! I have been checking this thread every day since 2013 hoping someone came up with a solution...


    CBSCREWBY Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    I have a feeling Jfadness might be AKA ShockDoctor...
  12. nynj

    nynj Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2012
    An impostor?!?!?
  13. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Fkn A. I too was waiting, checking this thread againe and againe, to no avail.

  14. Valhallalla

    Valhallalla Well-Known Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    Ho Stevie GoPro mouth mount doubles as a mouthguard. Problem solved.
  15. DosXX

    DosXX Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2013
    The grinding and clenching can cause receding gums as well. The night guards are available at Walgreens or Rite Aid for about $20. Fitting is done by putting the guard in hot or boiling water to soften first, like the mouth guards used for sports.
  16. frost

    frost Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2014
    don't forget the helmut and chinstrap too
  17. BassMon2

    BassMon2 Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2015
    Fun fact. Well maybe not fact. But i played football from 4yrs old through high school. Somewhere early on i was told that the mouth guard actually isn't meant to protect your teeth (although i guess it does serve that purpose also), but it's actually meant to protect from concussions. During a big hit and your jaw slams shut, sorta like a big ol upper cut. Mouth guard is supposed to act as a buffer to soften the impact and protect from concussions.

    I don't remember where i heard it, it was one of those things i heard when i was young and just grew up assuming it was true. Half my coaches growing up were drunks though so who knows.
  18. Betty

    Betty Well-Known Member

    Oct 14, 2012
    For daytime clenching, try Biofeedback. Some psychologists offer it. Might be covered by insurance.
  19. colonel mustard

    colonel mustard Active Member

    Apr 13, 2011
    just buy a case of the cheapest mouth guards, so that it doesn't matter if you lose them. at least you are actively trying to protect yourself.
  20. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    the ass towel forgot to wear his moufgard one afternoon, had one of his grand mal seizures, clamped down on siggy's unit, and the post-op result is miss piggy

    Crazy how these things happen.