Dr. Taryn W.:
For people that play sports, especially contact sports, it is really important to protect those teeth. Getting hit in the face with the baseball bat kind of thing can really change the way your smile looks. We would definitely recommend getting a custom mouthguard made for anybody playing sports, teenagers, people in high school, that kind of thing, to protect those teeth. The ones that we make here are specifically fitted to that patient's teeth. They would fit a little better, be a little bit more comfortable in that patient's mouth, which would make them more likely to want to wear it, and then protect those teeth just a little bit better.
You want to take care of your mouth and your smile. That means getting dental cleanings to fight cavities. It also should mean protecting your teeth from physical harm. Teeth grinding due to stress and dental injuries during sports are both good reasons to get custom-fitted mouthguards.
At our Edgewood, KY dentist office, you can get a mouthguard to:
- Protect you from broken or knocked-out teeth
- Stop you from grinding your smile away
- Help you sleep deeper and snore less
Mouthguards work better when they fit your mouth and teeth. Over-the-counter products can be molded, but they aren’t going to fit nearly as well as the custom appliances you can get at Edgewood Dental Care. To learn more, call 859-474-7830 now.
Stay in the Game & Protect Your Teeth
Millions of teeth are knocked out every year during recreational sports. You don’t have to be a professional to risk injury when you step on the court or field, though. By getting an athletic mouthguard, you are 60 times less likely to suffer a dental injury. A mouthguard won’t stop you from taking an elbow to the jaw or hitting your mouth during a fall. However, the right mouthguard can be the difference between a sore lip and broken or missing teeth.
Stop Grinding Down Your Teeth with Nightguards
Specialized mouthguards can help in other ways, too. For example, stress causes people to grind and clench their teeth unknowingly. In fact, many people do this in their sleep. Frequent morning headaches and jaw pains could be signs that you grind your teeth overnight. A personalized nightguard can keep your top and bottom teeth separated. It can keep your jaw in a more relaxed position to ease your headaches and other symptoms, too.
If the position of your teeth is an issue, you may want to consider orthodontics as well.
Sleep Better with the Right Appliance
Teeth grinding also can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. People with this sleep disorder stop breathing when they fall asleep. Your airways become blocked as you drift off. This causes constant snoring and frequent daytime sleepiness.
When fitted properly, an oral appliance comfortably shifts your jaw forward slightly. That keeps your airways open, which helps you snore less and get the deep, healthy sleep you need.
Your teeth are too valuable to lose to an injury on the field or to damage from teeth grinding. You and your partner deserve a good night’s sleep. Edgewood Dental Care can help with all of those concerns. Call 859-474-7830 to get mouthguards in Edgewood, KY.