If you’re involved in a contact sport, you likely already know the importance of mouth guards. From football to basketball, hockey to lacrosse, if there’s the potential for contact at any speed, you should think of protecting your teeth as much as you are the rest of you! Mouth guards help prevent against structural damage to your teeth and jaw, and also help prevent injuries such as lacerations to your cheeks, tongue, and lips. Mouth guards also help decrease the risk of concussions. While you can find them in any sporting goods store, you should be careful when purchasing a mouth guard. Most inexpensive, commercial mouth guards do not offer the best level of protection. On top of that, these mouth guards are also usually ill-fitting and uncomfortable.
Custom Mouth Guards
For the highest level of comfort and protection, you should visit your dentist for a custom mouth guard fitting. A dentist creates a custom mouth guard specifically for the optimal protection of YOUR mouth using a thin plastic that is hardened to protect your teeth. The thinness of the custom mouth guard allows for easy breathing, and also allows for easy communication (especially important for you star quarterbacks calling out the signals).
See your dentist today for a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth and ensure that you maintain the highest level of performance on the field, court, or rink.
Many people are afflicted with bruxism, or teeth grinding. Some people may do this consciously during the day, but it is a larger problem at night while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth damages enamel, wears down your teeth, causes jaw pain, and irritates your gums. It can even disturb your spouse’s sleep if loud enough!
If you grind your teeth, you should consider a night guard. The night guard provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. A dental professional custom fits night guards for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. Your dentist takes an impression of your teeth, which they then send to a dental lab to create the guard itself. Night guards are very durable: you can use one for up to 10 years.
You can also use more natural methods to lessen teeth grinding during the day. Practice mindfully training your jaw to be free and relaxed rather than clenched. Refrain from chewing gum or on other objects like pens, and avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages, as these can increase the likelihood of teeth grinding. If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth at night set up an appointment with us today!
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