Sore jaw? Restless nights? Play sports? If any of these apply to you, you might be surprised to hear that you could use a mouthguard!
Mouthguards are solid pieces of plastic that keep your teeth and jaw in a specific resting position. The basic function of a mouthguard is protection. Mouthguards help prevent accidental mouth injuries, ease pain from grinding your teeth, and can even help patients with trouble sleeping.
They usually only cover the top row of teeth, but can sometimes be made to cover the bottom row too. You can buy a mouthguard pre-made, custom-made, or use the “boil and bite” method for something in the middle. Custom mouth guards from your Midlothian dentist offer the highest level of protection and the most comfortable fit, but no matter where you get your mouthguard, actually wearing it is the most important part.
All mouthguards look and function mostly the same, but they might be slightly different based on the need they serve. The main uses for mouthguards include:
And yes, you can wear a mouthguard even if you have braces. Imagine how much more painful it might be to have an accident with braces involved! Talk with your dentist about finding a mouth guard that fits properly and suits your needs.
Care for your mouthguard by regularly cleaning it with soap and water, brushing it with a toothbrush and toothpaste, and keeping it in a ventilated case to prevent bacteria from growing.
Even with the best prevention, if you do experience an accidental injury to your mouth, emergency dentistry is here for you. Most dentists have an answering service after office hours; so don’t hesitate to call at any time if you need help.
If you experience trouble with long-term issues like TMJ, teeth grinding, or sleep apnea, talk with your dentist. Fixing your oral health can drastically improve many other areas of your life.
Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert in Midlothian view dentistry as a total body practice to help you live the life you want. Contact Hawkins Family Dentistry today to make an appointment and let us be your partners in health.
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