When you hear the word mouth guard, what comes to mind? Is it a basketball player or perhaps a football or hockey athlete? It’s not uncommon for people to believe that mouth guards are only used to protect teeth during sports play. However, there are many reasons why people use mouth guards for their dental health. Here are 5 of the most common reasons your dentist may recommend for you to wear a mouth guard.
To Prevent Grinding
Do you grind your teeth at night? Teeth grinding – also referred to as Bruxism – or clenching your teeth can wear your enamel down and cause all kinds of issues for your mouth, cheeks, tongue and jaw. If you wake up with neck pain, headaches, or a sore jaw frequently, talk to your dentist about getting a night guard to help prevent you from grinding while you sleep.
Safeguard Teeth During Play
If you play contact sports or enjoy recreational activities like biking and snowboarding, it’s essential to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth. After all, nobody wants to lose a tooth when on the hockey rink or on the field. A mouthguard will protect your teeth from any fractures, tooth displacements, or tissue injuries.
Protect Tissue From Appliances
Mouth guards are also helpful for those who have braces or fixed appliances. It can be used to protect your tongue, gums, and lips from the metal when you’re asleep or when you’re playing sports.
Stabilize the Jaw
A custom mouth guard can actually help to stabilize the jaw as well as the head and neck. A properly fitted guard can prevent jaw joint fractures and displacements by cushioning your mouth against any impact.
Heal Wounds After Surgery
In some cases, your dentist may also recommend that you use a mouthguard following oral surgery. This can help prevent the wound from becoming irritated while protecting your wound from saliva, food and other irritants that could slow down the healing process.
As you can see, mouth guards aren’t just for athletes – they can also be used to protect your teeth from clenching, sharp appliances, and various injuries. If you think you need a mouth guard, contact us or come visit us directly at Yazdani Dental clinic. We’ll determine the right type of mouth guard for you and ensure you get a well-fitted one for optimal performance. For athletes, we offer customizable Pro-Form mouth guards that provide exceptional protection and comfort. Learn more about our services and how you can get a free annual custom pro-form mouthguard with a new patient exam, cleaning and x-ray today!