Dental trauma can be a sometimes costly and expensive proposition. Fortunately, mouthguards are available to help prevent accidents and other situations that could lead to dental problems. No matter if you are looking for a mouthguard for teeth grinding, clinching, or sports activities, a custom mouthguard can be made to suit the individual needs of you or your child.
Medically known as bruxism, teeth grinding is a very common condition that is often caused by stress. It can even happen while you are sleeping and completely unaware of it. Undiagnosed and untreated, teeth grinding can cause your teeth to become worn down.
Some people who grind their teeth develop frequent headaches or sore jaw muscles. Losing sleep due to bruxism can also cause additional problems. So if you suspect that you or your child are affected by teeth grinding, be sure to make an appointment to get it checked out and have a custom mouthguard manufactured to prevent this common problem.
Snoring is a common problem that can keep you or your partner awake at night. And snoring can sometimes represent more than just a mere annoyance; it can indicate underlying health problems like sleep apnea – a condition in which the sufferer experiences periodic blockages to their airway, causing them to wake up frequently and experience poor sleep quality.
Sleep apnea mouthguards are available that can help with jaw realignment so that your airway passage remains open, allowing you to easily inhale and exhale in any sleep position. Even if you are not suffering from sleep apnea, a night mouthguard can help to relieve respiratory pressure so that you can breathe easier and experience deeper and more restful sleep.
TMJ, medically known as temporomandibular joint disorder, is a major problem for many people. It is caused by dysfunctional movement of the area connecting the jaw to the skull.
Some common symptoms of TMJ are:
- Jaw pain
- Difficulty moving jaws
The good news is that those suffering from TMJ can often be helped with a night mouthguard that is helpful in repositioning the jaw and relieving pain. Your dentist can individually craft a custom-fitted mouthguard to help alleviate this common condition.
Preventing injuries is a critical element of participating in sports. Dental trauma is a hazard in sports at both the recreational and competitive levels. How can you protect the teeth of your child when they participate in sports? Research tells us that the best protection a child can have from dental trauma is a properly fitted mouthguard.
The Australian Dental Association recommends that those participating in sports wear a custom mouthguard. A recent study of high school athletes found that less than half of all players actually wore mouthguards. They could have benefited from them, as 31 percent of those athletes sustained oral injuries that required professional treatment.
Research indicates that participants in sports who do not wear a mouthguard are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth. Just a small investment in a sports mouthguard can protect your child’s teeth and prevent costly and unnecessary dental work caused by sports-related dental trauma.
No matter what type of mouthguard you select for yourself or your child, keep in mind that if it is to be effective, it should be both resilient and comfortable. And it should be strong enough so that you cannot bite through it.
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