Maybe you’re active in a sport where there is a high risk of an injury to the mouth. A simple mouthguard will help protect your teeth from an impact. Mouthguards can also protect you if you suffer from a common condition known as bruxism. Bruxism is a condition that causes people to clench and grind their teeth, accelerating tooth wear and tear. If you experience teeth grinding while asleep, a special mouthguard—known as a bite splint or bite plate—can be provided to prevent tooth damage.
Customized mouthguards are individually designed by your dentist to allow for unobstructed breathing and speaking while worn. Unlike store bought mouthguards, the comfort and protection provided by a custom mouthguard is definitely worth the investment.
Benefits of a Custom Mouthguard
The cost associated with resolving issues related to preventable dental injuries can be one that you may not be prepared for. Accidents don’t come with a warning so the best way to avoid injury to the jaw, losing or chipping a tooth is to be proactive. Custom made mouth guards afford you that protection, they are the best way to reduce the risk of injury to you or your child when engaging in everyday activities that could result in an injury to the oral cavity or jawline.
With dental injuries being the most frequently occurring sports injury its necessary to take precautions. Did you know that custom mouthguards also help reduce the risk of injury to the head due to concussions? According to the Academy of General Dentistry, “High school football players wearing store-bought, over-the-counter mouthguards were more than twice as likely to suffer mild traumatic brain injuries/concussions than those wearing custom-made, properly fitted mouthguards, reports a new study. Researchers suggest that when it comes to buying a mouthguard, parents who want to reduce their child’s risk of a sports-related concussion should visit a dentist instead of a sporting goods store.”
Take Care of Your Mouthguard
If you are considering the use of a custom mouthguard Dr. Mjahed at Monroe Family Dentistry can help you with fitting, acquisition and care instructions.
- Brushing mouthguard after each use helps prevent bacteria buildup
- Store mouthguard in a plastic well ventilated container
Don’t leave mouthguard in areas where it will be exposed to high temperatures or direct sunlight. This type of exposure can cause your mouth guard to lose its shape, causing your fit to become misaligned. Be sure to schedule a mouthguard cleaning with your dentist atleast twice a year.