Sometimes, maintaining your oral health goes beyond good oral hygiene and seeing your dentist regularly. For some people, oral health can be impacted by other factors that might seem surprising, like sports, activities, and even personal habits.
Many sports, like football, rugby, or hockey, carry the risk of oral injuries. And teeth grinding, also known as “bruxism”, can have a huge negative impact on teeth, as it can cause cracks and chips in the teeth as well as other damage.
Fortunately, there’s a way to prevent these harmful effects. Sports guards and bite appliances can be specially made to fit your mouth, and are extremely effective against injury and damage. When worn regularly, flexible plastic sports guards, made from molds of your mouth and custom fitted for you, absorb the shock waves from blows to the mouth area, protecting your teeth and jaws the way a helmet protects your head. If you participate in contact sports, a sports guard is a smart investment in your long-term oral health, and can save you a lot of pain and trouble in the bargain!
Bite appliances work very similarly to sports guards, as they are made from the same materials and specially made for your mouth. Bruxism is particularly common at night, so most bite appliances are made to be worn while sleeping, preventing your jaws from biting down and grinding the teeth together. These comfortable appliances are extremely effective in preventing the harmful damages of bruxism.
If you’re wondering whether a sports guard or bite appliance might be right for you, ask us at your next visit! We’re always happy to talk over your options and find a solution that’s right for you.