Your teeth are one of the few parts of the body that don’t heal themselves after an injury. As such, making sure that you take good care of them is crucial if you want to enjoy them for the decades they are meant to last.
A vital part of keeping your teeth safe is using a mouth guard. While you may have seen them on TV—usually in use by athletes in sports such as football and boxing—the fact of the matter is that mouth guards are available, and should be used, by people from all walks of life.
Mouth Guards Help Save Wear and Tear
While you may not be putting on a set of football pads or stepping into the boxing ring, you almost certainly can use a mouth guard in your daily living. How? Using mouth guards during the night is a great way to help keep your teeth healthier and stronger.
You see, many people suffer from a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism is a term that denotes the practice of clenching and grinding your teeth while you sleep. Most people who have it are not even aware of it, yet this condition can result in serious wear on the teeth.
We can fashion a custom mouth guard for you. In some cases, you may be able to use the mouth guards sold in major stores: just boil them in water for a few moments, pop them in your mouth, and bite down for a custom fit.
Mouth Guards Prevent Traumatic Injury
In addition to helping prevent wear and tear from bruxism, using a mouth guard any time you are engaging in contact sports or other strenuous activity is an absolute must. It doesn’t take much of a collision to break or crack a tooth.
Come see us at Monroe Family Dentistry, and we will be happy to talk with you about mouth guards.