4 Reasons to Wear a Mouthguard
Mouthguards, bite splints, and athletic mouthpieces are all just a few examples of the types of appliances that we make for our Somerville dental clients.
Although you might feel as if it’s easier to get an appliance over the counter at the supermarket, a professionally fitted mouthguard offers many advantages over loose, generic guards sold in stores. Here are four reasons to make the investment:
- Reduce Your Risk of Concussion
Yes, an athletic mouthguard can prevent you from chipping or knocking out a front tooth. But it has another benefit that most people aren’t aware of: concussion protection. Depending on how your guard is made, it can prevent the rear of your mandible from impacting the skull, reducing potential brain trauma.
- Prevent Headaches and Manage TMJ Pain
Contractions of the jaw muscles often lead to facial pain, headaches, migraines, and TMJ disorder. A small bite splint trains the TMJ muscles to relax, preventing tension in the face.
- Protect Your Investments
Have you recently completed a smile makeover or invested in cosmetic treatments such as veneers or porcelain crowns? Our Somerville dentists want you to get the most out of your dental work. To protect your smile and avoid unwanted damage to your investments, it’s best to talk to us about wearing a protective splint while you sleep.
- Avoid Worn Teeth
Bruxism (clenching and grinding) is a habit that most of us do subconsciously. Wearing a protective night guard while you sleep can prevent added pressure on your teeth and dental work, such as fillings, crowns, and bridges. Although teeth are extremely strong, they can’t withstand heavy tooth-on-tooth wear. Gradually, they become chipped and flattened due to the trauma.
Whether you’re 15 or 75, a mouthguard is an effective way to extend the life and health of your smile. Contact Somersmiles Dental to learn more.