No matter how well we care for our teeth, there are other factors that can impact our oral health. Many common sports carry the risk of injury to the mouth. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a common problem as well, leading to chips, cracks, and other damage.
No one wants to give up their favourite activities, and people normally are unaware when they’re grinding their teeth - so what’s the answer?
That’s where sports guards and bite appliances come to the rescue! With a custom-fitted sports guard, your mouth is protected by a specially made flexible plastic shock absorber. When fitted and worn properly, the guard prevents injury by taking the force of any sudden blow to the mouth or jaw. For patients who love to play sports or participate in outdoor activities, a sports guard is a wise investment.
Bite appliances are made from the same materials and fitted in your mouth to prevent bruxism, particularly at night when it is most common. Modern bite appliances are more comfortable than ever, and with regular use, they prevent the damaging effects of bruxism.
Wondering if a guard or appliance might be right for you? Ask us at your next visit!