Sports Mouth Guards
Mouth guards are a very important piece of gear for playing sports. Especially those that are considered collision and contact sports such as football, hockey and basketball. But any athlete can experience a mouth or facial injury, even in non-contact activities such as gymnastics and running track.
Mouth guards help protect the face from a blow, lessening the possibility of broken teeth and injuries to the tongue, lips and cheek lining. It is also very important to wear a mouth guard to protect your braces. Talk to your dentist or orthodontist about choosing the right mouth guard if you are in orthodontic treatment.
The best mouth guard is one that has been custom made for your mouth. The Rock Family Dental dentists create custom football mouth guards, basketball mouth guards and many other sports mouth guards. You can also purchase “boil and bite” and pre-formed “off-the-shelf” mouth guards from retail outlets. These options can fall short of offering full teeth coverage and can be uncomfortable to wear, but if a custom mouth guard is not an option at the time it is needed, wear one of these until you can get one!
Mouth Guards for Teeth Grinding
Your dentist may recommend a mouth guard to help protect your teeth while sleeping if you experience Bruxism, or teeth grinding, which can cause tooth damage, jaw pain and insomnia. Bruxism can be caused by stress and anxiety as well as sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or teeth that are missing or crooked.
Symptoms of teeth grinding include:
- Dull headaches
- Jaw soreness
- Teeth that are painful, loose or fractured
Don’t let this go untreated! Over time, persistent grinding can lead to costly dental damage including stress fractures and the wearing down of enamel. These complications will be evident to your dentist upon examination and he or she can recommend the best next steps for treatment.