Lula Tsegay, DDS -  - General Dentist

Dr. Lula Tsegay Family Dentistry

Lula Tsegay, DDS

General Dentist located in San Leandro, CA

If you play contact sports, you are well aware of how important a mouth guard is. Mouth guards also protect many people from serious dental conditions. Teeth grinding at night when you’re asleep can cause tremendous damage to your teeth, requiring expensive treatment. Mouth guards prevent excessive grinding, saving your teeth. Dr. Lula Tsegay has fitted mouth guards for many children and adults. Contact Dr. Lula Tsegay Family Dentistry in San Leandro, California for your mouth guard needs.

Mouthguards Q & A

What is a mouth guard?

A mouth guard is a soft piece of equipment that covers the upper set of teeth to prevent injuries to the teeth and surrounding areas of the mouth and face.

In what circumstances does a dentist recommend a mouth guard?

Teeth Grinding

Some children and adults grind their teeth. Teeth grinding can result from anxiety, but it can also result from an improper bite or crooked teeth. Teeth grinding occurs primarily during sleep when you can’t control it. If the grinding becomes excessive, you can wear your teeth down to the point where you may need a crown, a bridge, a root canal, implants, or even dentures. It can also cause other complications such as TMJ.  

Jobs with Safety Considerations

If you are working in a job where you could be struck in the face with an object--for example, in a factory--mouth guards may be an essential piece of equipment.

Athletic Activity

If you play sports, mouth guards should be regular equipment. Contact sports such as football and boxing are obvious examples of sports where there are injuries, but even in non-contact sports, such as skiing, you can sustain mouth injuries.


If you wear braces, you may feel more protected with a mouth guard. If an object strikes your braces, the metal parts can be damaged and they may inflict harm inside your mouth.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of types of mouth guards?

Stock Mouth Guards

Drug stores and stores that sell athletic equipment usually have stock mouth guards. These are ‘one size fits all’ devices. They usually do not provide a good fit and may not provide all of the protection you need.

Boil and Bite Mouth Protector

This type of mouth guard softens when placed in hot water; you then shape it to fit your mouth. It is available in stores catering to athletes.

Custom-fitted Mouth Guards

Dental offices and labs produce custom-fitted mouth guards based on your teeth. Dr. Tsegay makes an impression of your teeth. The guard is molded on top of the impression using clear thermoplastic, polyurethane, or laminated thermoplastic. A lab makes the mouth guard based on Dr. Tsegay’s instructions. Because these mouth guards are custom-fitted, they cost more than those available in a store, but they are strong, fit well, and resist tearing or breaking. If you wear braces, Dr. Tsegay recommends a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well.