There’s more to oral health and prevention than your routine dental visits. Sometimes, we also need to protect against injury and damage, which may come from some unexpected sources, like physical activities, sports, and even our own habits.
Many sports - such as football, rugby, and hockey - carry the risk of injury to the teeth and jaw. In addition, teeth grinding, known as “bruxism”, can cause damage in the form of cracks, chips, and jaw pain.
Fortunately, we have a way to prevent these problems. Custom-made sports guards and bite appliances are specially made to fit your mouth, and are excellent protection against damage and injury. Flexible plastic sports guards absorb the shock from blows to the head and jaw, in much the same way a helmet protects your head. If you play contact sports, a sports guard is a wise investment. It can save you a lot of pain and future dental work!
In much the same fashion, a bite appliance protects against the damaging effects of bruxism. Normally worn while sleeping, this comfortable and custom-fitted plastic guard prevents your jaw from biting down and grinding. Comfortable and easy to use, it’s a great way to halt the damage to your teeth and jaw, so you can invest in your long-term oral health even while you’re sleeping.
Could a sports guard or bite appliance be right for you? If you find your jaw is sore after sleeping, or if you play contact sports, ask us at your next visit to our Drumheller office. We’re happy to talk over your options for all your dental needs.