We recommend the use of a mouth guard to anyone that plays sports, even if it is a non-contact sport. Mouth guards not only protect your teeth but also your gums and jaws. If not protected, getting hit in the mouth during sports can cause pain and serious damage to your teeth. Although mouth injuries caused by sports are relatively low, injuries to the teeth can be very expensive to treat. Wearing a mouth guard is a cost-effective approach to minimizing the risk of injury and thereby preventing future pain and expenses.
How Do Mouth – Guards Work?
A mouth guard acts as a cushion; redistributing the force of the impact so it is absorbed evenly. Wearing a mouth guard can prevent teeth from chipping and breaking. Not only does it protect the teeth, but also protects the soft tissues of the mouth, preventing your lips and gums from getting cut. Studies have shown that mouth guards can also prevent concussions, cerebral hemorrhages, jaw fractures and neck injuries
Choosing a Mouth Guard
There are three different types of mouth guards; stock mouth guards, boil and bite mouth guards and custom-made mouth guards. Stock mouth guards and boil and bite mouth guards can be purchased at any sporting goods store. Each mouth guard varies in terms of cost, comfort and effectiveness. Over the counter mouth guards are cheaper however, they don’t grip the teeth well, making it difficult to wear as well as minimizing their effectiveness and comfort. Although custom made mouth guards are the most expensive, they are the best and most effective option as they provide the best fit and therefore the most protection and comfort.
If you play sports, drop into our office to get your custom-made mouth guard.
Night Guards – Occlusal Splints
Do you find yourself waking up with headaches or an aching jaw? Or have you noticed your teeth getting worn down and shorter over the years? If so you may be suffering from bruxism. Bruxism is the act of grinding/ clenching your teeth together at night. Bruxism can result in sore jaws, sore neck and jaw muscles, headaches, and damaged teeth (chipped worn-down teeth). Wearing a custom-made night guard will prevent further wear of your teeth and can alleviate other problems such as sore jaws and headaches. Come in and see us if you think a night guard may be good for you.