We know you probably hear this a lot, but your teeth are an incredibly important part of living a healthy life. Everything from smiling to speaking to eating is done with your teeth, and without them, you might find yourself in an unenviable position. Because they are so important, should it be a priority to protect them as much as possible?
At Van Alstine Family Dentistry, we believe that your teeth should be carefully guarded and protected even from accidents. This is why we are happy to offer access to mouthguards that are custom created to fit their mouths specifically. We can do this for sleeping issues as well as for sports events, and doing so will help dramatically improve your chances of keeping your teeth healthy for a lifetime.
For some people, it is not unusual for their sleep to lead to unconscious grinding of teeth. You might not immediately think that this is a serious issue; however, continuous and repeated grinding can quickly wear down your teeth and cause you all sorts of problems. Nighttime mouthguards, also known simply as night guards, are created to help cushion your teeth from the force that grinding can inflict upon them.
For some, simply using a night guard will prevent nighttime teeth grinding, but we still recommend scheduling an appointment with us to make sure this is the best treatment. When it comes to teeth grinding, there may be more serious underlying jaw or TMJ issues, and we will put you through a series of exams and tests to make sure a mouthguard is the best treatment. This sometimes involves deprogramming the bite and other things to equilibrate their occlusion. Some patients may need other treatment for TMJ symptoms that a mouthguard won’t fix.
In addition to nighttime mouthguards, you should consider investing in a mouthguard if you play sports. This is true of almost any close contact sport, including things like basketball, football, rugby, or hockey. Any sport that could see elbows or other limbs slamming into your mouth is one that needs a mouthguard to protect your teeth from serious damage.
Even if you think the chances of an errant limb hitting your mouth are low, what about being tackled or accidentally getting hit with a ball or a puck? The fact of the matter is that sports can be incredibly dangerous for your teeth, and it is important to do everything in your power to take care of them. A sports mouthguard works to keep your teeth safe from sudden, traumatic force.
Are Mouthguards Necessary?
If you play sports or grind your teeth at night, then yes, mouthguards are necessary. Consider the fact that cracked teeth, or teeth that are knocked out entirely due to a sports injury, can create lifelong issues with your teeth, and you will see the importance of them.