DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE IN PAIN REGULAR CHECKUP AND CLEAN CAN PREVENT COSTLY TREATMENTS AND UNEXPECTED PAINS
Many people clench or grind their teeth during their sleep or in the day without even knowing it. If you frequently wake up with a sore jaw, a dull headache or tooth pain, you might be suffering from a condition called bruxism. Bruxism or also known teeth grinding, can be caused by stress, or even when the upper and lower teeth do not fit properly in an ideal bite among other reasons. The grinding of teeth causes damage to the surfaces of the teeth and even to existing restorations. Over time if not treated, this can cause teeth to chip and crack which can lead to other dental complications.
Fortunately, there are several ways to alleviate the effects of bruxism. One of the most common options is a night guard. A night guard is a custom-made appliance that is molded to fit your teeth, and that is typically worn while sleeping through the night. The night guard can also be worn when there may be unconscious clenching through the day, such as when exercising.
The night guard acts as a protective barrier and absorbs the pressure and wear that is typically applied to the adjacent teeth when grinding.
Another type of mouth guard is that of a sports guard. In sporting activities, there is a great need to protect one’s teeth. Many athletes know that with any sport comes the risk of injury to the teeth, lips, cheek and tongue. This is especially true for contact sports such as football, hockey, baseball etc. Athletes are thus recommended to always wear a sports guard.
A properly fitted mouth guard will stay in place while it is worn, making it easy to talk and breathe.
Here at Dentudio Dentists in Richmond, we provide our patients with custom fitted mouth guards. Custom fitted mouth guards provide the best protection and comfort for an athlete.
Drop by before you head off to your next match at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
Can store brought mouth guard protect my teeth?
While a mouth guard from your local drug mart can protect your teeth temporarily. They are one-fit for all solution and does not last as long as a custom-fitted mouth guards. Not only will you have to replace them more often, they can have detrimental effect on your teeth if it is not fitting well. Off the rack mouth guard can possibly move your teeth or increase the risks of gum disease and decay.