Mouthguards are plastic or laminate devices that fit over your teeth and are used to protect your teeth from trauma and injury.
Mouthguards can help to prevent lacerations, fractures, and other injuries to the soft tissues of your mouth. Mouthguards also protect your tongue, lips, cheek lining, and gums from lacerations as well.
Mouthguards are commonly worn during sporting events or activities where there is a risk of face or mouth injury. However, mouthguards also can help to prevent dental problems that may arise as well. Tooth grinding or clenching can result in headaches or jaw pain. Mouthguards can be used to prevent this problem as well.
Mouthguards And Sports
Mouth guards provide an extra layer of protection for teeth during sports and other activities. They protect teeth from chipping, breaking, and being knocked out. Extra protection is especially important when playing sports. This is because sports injuries are extremely common, and these injuries frequently involve the face.
Mouthguards are worn to prevent missing teeth and injuries during sports. They are used for both children and adults. The Academy of General Dentistry reports that more than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented every year by mouthguards. Mouthguards absorb the force from forceful impacts.
Mouthguards control the force of impact from blows to your face. Mouthguards also protect the soft tissues inside of your mouth. Your lips, tongue, and cheeks are protected by mouthguards.
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) And Mouthguards
Teeth grinding, medically called bruxism, affects about 10% of the population. It is mostly an oral parafunctional activity (a behavior that occurs when sleeping) that occurs when a person is under stress. Teeth grinding is most common in people ages 30-60 and is more common in women.
Teeth grinding causes long-term damage to your teeth. It can wear down your teeth to stumps, loosen your teeth, or cause damage to your dental restorations and dental bonding.
Mouthguards can be worn at night to protect your teeth from grinding. Mouthguards can also protect the soft tissues of your mouth from nighttime teeth grinding.
Custom mouthguards are designed to perfectly fit your mouth. They can serve many purposes. They can be used to treat TMJ disorders, protect your teeth from injuries, prevent teeth grinding, and help with sleep apnea.
At Greenwell Springs Family Dentistry, we offer high-quality dental care using state-of-the-art dental technologies. To learn more about our dental services, call Dentist in Greenwell Springs, LAat (225) 261-0043 or visit our dental office located at 14127 Greenwell Springs Road, Greenwell Springs.