September 1, 2019
You know about the damage that cavities can do to teeth. We bet you know how to prevent them too, with regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings. Unfortunately there are plenty of other ways you can damage your teeth. One simple tool can prevent several different kinds of damage: a dental mouthguard.
In general, custom mouthguards do a better job of protecting teeth than store-bought mouthguards. That’s largely because of their superior fit. Dr. Airey will take impressions of your teeth and other measurements to ensure your mouthguard fits you perfectly. It will be so comfortable, you’ll never be tempted not to wear it when you need it.
In this blog we’ll discuss five reasons you might need a dental mouthguard. Dr. Airey is happy to talk to you about any of them! Call Appalachian Dental Care at 828-355-5673 for a consultation.
Protect Teeth During Sports With a Dental Mouthguard
According to an article in the Journal of the American Dental Association, up to 39 percent of dental injuries are related to sports. That’s a pretty stark statistic – one that should convince you to wear a dental mouthguard to protect your teeth during athletic activities. Wearing a mouthguard will protect your teeth from injury and may help protect you from concussions as well. Since a custom mouthguard fits better than one from a store, it will be less likely to get knocked out. Not only that, but you won’t need a frustrating “boil-and-bite” process to adjust the fit.
Prevent Bruxism Damage
Bruxism is a fancy name for teeth grinding. No matter what you call it, it’s a habit that can badly damage tooth enamel and wear down your teeth. In more serious cases, you can crack or even break teeth. Many people grind their teeth at night while sleeping and may not even be aware they do it. It’s often linked to stress. A custom-made dental mouthguard will protect your teeth from the destructive effects of grinding.
Ease Pressure to Relieve TMJ Pain
The primary symptom of a TMJ disorder is a chronically sore jaw. Though the causes are somewhat mysterious, it is often linked to teeth grinding and/or jaw clenching. These habits put pressure on your temporomandibular joints (TMJ), causing them to become irritated and inflamed. Dr. Airey can fit you for a custom mouthguard that gently moves your jaw into a position that relieves pressure on your joints and makes it impossible for you to grind or clench.
Lessen Headache Pain With a Dental Mouthguard
Some people with TMJ disorders suffer from headaches related to the problem. Even if you don’t have a TMD, though, tension and pressure on your jaw can cause headaches. A special dental mouthguard called a splint can be helpful by preventing pressure on nerves in your jaw that can cause or intensify headaches.
Breathe Easier While Sleeping
Sleep apnea is a condition during which your sleep is briefly interrupted many times a night, causing you to gasp for breath. It occurs if your airway becomes blocked by your tongue or other muscles. One way to treat it is with a custom-made mouthguard that eases your jaw forward enough to keep your airway clear while you sleep. Many sleep apnea sufferers prefer a mouthguard to a CPAP machine, another commonly prescribed treatment. Since he has sleep apnea himself, Dr. Airey has a special interest in relieving the symptoms.
Think you may benefit from a dental mouthguard? Call Appalachian Dental Care at 828-355-5673 to schedule an appointment.