The Benefits of Mouthguards and Nightguards
Generally, we consider protecting our teeth to mean keeping up with daily hygiene and regular dentist visits. But we don’t always think about protecting against the mechanical forces that cause pain and damage.
Are your teeth and mouth safe from injury? Specialized appliances can help prevent dental trauma, both day and night.
Mouthguards Protect Athletes From Dental Injuries
Mouthguards are flexible, custom-fitted appliances that protect the teeth during activities such as exercise and sports. A mouthguard should be worn during any activity that puts you at risk for forceful contact with other people or with hard surfaces.
It's well-known that athletes in high-impact sports such as football, hockey, and lacrosse should wear mouthguards as part of their athletic gear. However, there are dozens of other activities that put the teeth and mouth at risk for damage, such as martial arts, gymnastics, and even weight lifting.
Mouthguards help protect against many types of dental injuries, including:
- Tooth loss
- Tooth fractures or chips
- Broken brackets or orthodontic appliances
- Root damage
- Injury to the jaw or facial bones
- Bruising, bleeding and swelling of the mouth
- Certain types of neck and head injuries
Nightguards Reduce Pain
If you suffer from bruxism (tooth grinding), a nightguard can help you sleep more peacefully and prevent pain during the day. Grinding or clenching the teeth at night can lead to:
- Worn teeth
- Increased risk of decay
- Jaw pain/TMJ disorder
- Neck pain
- Tension headaches
Nightguards protect the teeth and jaw from the damage of constant tooth grinding. They're designed to hold the jaw in a relaxed position and calm the nerves that create muscle spasms. A nightguard can help treat and prevent the above symptoms and allow you to sleep more restfully.
Gale Marana, DDS provides custom-fitted mouthguards and nightguards to protect your teeth from wear and trauma. For an appointment in our Aiea dentist office, call (808) 488-7868 or request your appointment now.