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Sep
19

Why You Should Consider a Mouth Guard

Posted in Mouth Guards

Your dentist likely can offer you a variety of mouth guards or bite guards according to your dental and recreational needs. Here are some of the most common types of oral appliances that could protect your smile: 

Sports Mouth Guard/Athletic Guard

From tennis to karate to skiing, almost any exercise can put your teeth at risk for damage. A professional-grade customized mouth guard is the best way to prevent painful and costly injury to your teeth, bone, or soft tissues in your mouth. It can even help you to avoid a concussion.

Night Guard

Do you grind your teeth in your sleep? It’s a very common problem and most sufferers aren’t aware that they have this habit. But your dentist may find out by taking a look at your teeth.

Chronic grinding and clenching can cause enamel wear, tooth fractures, gum recession, and damage to fillings and crowns. You may need the help of a special splint or custom bite guard that prevents your teeth from crushing together when you bite down in your sleep.

Oral Sleep Appliances and TMJ Splints

For some people, a good night’s rest is interrupted by a chronic problem called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This happens when the jaw relaxes during sleep and the tissues collapse, closing off the windpipe. A simple splint can support your jaw and maintain a steady airflow, if you suffer from OSA and are CPAP intolerant.

Other splints are designed to encourage the jaw to close in a more ergonomic fashion. This trains your mouth to move so that it doesn’t put a strain on your TMJ.

With the help of a custom bite guard or mouth guard, you can head off threats to a healthy smile before they can get started.

Schedule a visit with your local dentist to find out whether a guard is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 993-7118

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