Times Where a Mouth Guard Can Protect Your Oral Health
Posted on 9/20/2018 by Dr McMurray
Having the information to prevent oral injuries can protect your teeth. Whether you play contact sports like football, hockey, or rugby or are clenching and grinding your teeth while you sleep, a mouth guard can protect your oral health when you get diagnosed correctly.
Most mouthguards are designed to protect the front teeth in case of trauma from a blow to the face. In any potential accident or injury, your top front teeth will take the brunt of the hit because they stick out more than the bottom teeth.
Mouthguards for Sports
Most people associate the use of mouthguards with contact sports such as football or hockey. You see the professional athletes go out in their uniforms and play with their mouthguards while waiting for the next move. In this case, the risk of getting hit in the face is real, and any coach will suggest to their players to purchase a mouthguard to protect their teeth.
Some youth sports make it mandatory, but we see many patients who come in with teeth hanging by a thread when not using a protective mouthguard. We highly recommend one if your kids are in sports.
Mouthguards for Bruxism
Bruxism is the unconscious clenching or grinding of teeth while you sleep, which can cause chipped, broken or flattened teeth that will need repair in the future. In many cases, people who suffer from bruxism can find relief in a mouthguard. It will help relax the jaw and prevent contact between the upper and lower teeth while sleeping.
The best way to protect your oral health is with a custom-made mouthguard which will fit your mouth precisely. These are more expensive than those you can find at a pharmacy or sporting goods retailer, but will fit you more comfortably. Whether you spend some more money buying a custom-made mouthguard or you just buy one at your local pharmacy, ask us what are times when a mouthguard can protect your oral health.