Mouthguards, also known as sports guards or athletic mouth protectors, are crucial pieces of equipment for any child or adult participating in contact recreational or sporting activities such as soccer, basketball and hockey. Sportguards fit snugly over the upper teeth to protect the entire oral region from traumatic injury, preserving both the aesthetic appearance and the health of your smile.
Bruxism, Teeth Grinding And Tooth Clenching Can
All Be Prevented
Bruxism is an oral activity which causes teeth grinding and jaw clenching. If you brux your teeth, you may unconsciously clench your teeth together during the day, or clench or grind them at night, also known as sleep bruxism. When diagnosed early, teeth grinding can be treated before it causes permanent damage to the teeth. Constant grinding wears down the surface of the teeth, exposing the soft dentin beneath the enamel. Some of the damage that can occur includes: chipped teeth, tooth flattening and tooth wear, cracked tooth enamel, cracked, loose or broken fillings, tooth loss and gum recession. If you clench or grind your teeth during sleep you are more likely to have other sleeping disorders, such as snoring and pauses in breathing (sleep apnea).
At Love Your Smile Today our doctors will assess your tooth wear pattern and the way your teeth bite together. Using that information we can then prescribe and manufacture a custom dental splint or mouthguard to help reduce your grinding and prevent future cracked and broken teeth. Don’t wait for your teeth to be worn down as these appliances if used early can prevent permanent damage! Contact us today for a bite assessment!