Do you have grinding problems or enjoy participating in sports?
Keep your smile safe from grinding or sports with a mouth guard.
There are a handful of different reasons a dentist may prescribe an oral appliance for a patient. The most obvious kind would be a sports guard. These are used to protect the teeth from trauma and also to protect other players from your teeth! A less obvious use for a mouth guard would be to protect your teeth from grinding. The following article discusses sports guards and their uses and also grinding problems and how a night guard could give you a resolution to your accidental grinding problems.
Dental emergencies from loss of teeth during sports can easily be avoided by following just one simple step – visit your dentist first. Here at Michelle Enmark, DDS in Sacramento we treat all kinds of dental emergencies.
Protect yourself and those around you with a sports guard
Have you been following the FIFA world cup in Brazil? Here is a classic case of where a sports guard could have come in handy. Receiving a ban that spans far beyond a simple slap on the wrist, there is no doubt that Suarez could have greatly benefitted from a mouth guard on that day!
In all seriousness though, a mouth guard has multiple benefits for the wearer. They can protect you, those around you and also assist your performance (in a legal way).
Sports guards protect you from:
- Mouth injuries
- lips and tongue injuries
- teeth from becoming cracked or chipped
- teeth from breakage
- nerve damage to the tooth
- tooth loss
They protect others from:
- Your teeth!
They enhance your performance by:
- Improving your balance
- Protecting you against concussion
- Assist your oxygen intake
Protect your smile against oral trauma during high impact and contact activities with a sports guard from Michelle Enmark, DDS As one of the leading causes of tooth loss and oral trauma amongst adults and adolescents, your sports guard should be a higher priority.
Do you wake up with headaches in the morning or an aching jaw?
You may be suffering from night grinding. Night grinding, also known as bruxism, is the result of clenching the jaw and is generally an action that occurs during sleep. Because the majority of the grinding problem occurs through the night, you may not know you are doing it.
Symptoms of bruxism:
- Cracked, chipped teeth
- Hypersensitive teeth
- Aching jaw muscles
Your grinding problems may only cause minimal symptoms so it’s important you attend regular check-ups with our dental professionals so we can keep track of your oral and mental health.
How we can help you with your grinding problems
Here at Michelle Enmark, DDS we are able to custom design a night guard specifically tailored to suit your teeth and jaw. This will act as a barrier to stop your teeth from touching until we locate the underlying problem that is causing you to grind.
Oftentimes bruxism is related to stress and anxiety so by finding the underlying issue we may be able to assist you not only with a night guard and restoration methods but also with future prevention of your condition.