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Four Reasons to Wear a Mouthguard

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Do you or your teen need a mouthguard made? Here are four reasons you should ask our Somerville dentist about one during your next checkup.

 

Managing TMJ Disorder

TMJ disorder is when the joint on one or both sides of the jaw functions atypically. It may be due to excess muscle tension, past trauma or injury, bite changes, or even orthodontic therapy. Wearing a mouthguard is an ideal alternative to TMJ surgery.

 

Wear from Bruxism (Grinding)

Clenching and grinding the teeth together (also known as “bruxism”) is often a subconscious habit that’s due to stress. It’s also a side-effect of sleep apnoea. When the jaws and teeth clench together tightly, it causes the tooth enamel to wear against itself. The result is typically worn or flattened teeth, broken dental work, and tooth sensitivity.

Bite splints for grinding are usually smaller than other types of mouthguards, or they fit over the lower teeth instead of the upper arch. The acrylic withstands the grinding pressure, buffering it and protecting the opposing teeth. Over time, it can also help to re-train the jaw muscles to relax more, thereby lowering the frequency of grinding.

 

Headache or Migraine Management

Certain types of tension headaches or muscle-induced migraines can sometimes be managed without medication or surgery, thanks to professional mouthguards. Because muscle tension is lowered (if not eliminated) when wearing such an appliance, there’s less of a chance to wake up with a splitting headache the next morning.

 

Athletic Injuries

Did you know that certain types of professionally fitted mouthguards can reduce the risk of concussion during athletic activities? The mouthguard prevents significant trauma at the back of the jaw, near the base of the brain. In turn, this lowers the chance of traumatic brain injury.

An athletic mouthguard also helps to reduce the likelihood of knocked out or broken teeth, as well as lip lacerations.

Call Somersmiles Dental in Somerville today to find out how a professional mouthguard could be a smart investment in your smile!