Mouthguards are great for protecting teeth on the sports field, but they’re also important in treating other problems including teeth-grinding and snoring. Your National Dental Care practitioner can treat these issues with custom-made mouthguards for your safety and comfort.
Are mouthguards just for athletes?
It’s one thing to need a mouthguard because you play a sport with a likelihood of crashing into someone or something. Around a third of all dental injuries are sports-related. But did you know that you can protect your teeth from grinding them while you sleep? Or help stop snoring with a special mouthguard which adjusts the position of your jaw?
Custom sports mouthguards
Mouthguards make good sense when your teeth risk taking a serious hit during sports. While ‘boil and bite’ mouthguards can be bought ready-made and adjusted for you at home, they are nowhere near as comfortable as customised mouthguards.
Your National Dental Care dentist can order you a mouthguard fitted exactly to your teeth. This will not only make it easier for you to breathe, but also offer extra protection because of the exact fit. As a bonus, you can also order it in your team colours. Yes, they’re more expensive, but nothing like fixing smashed teeth.
What does it mean if you grind your teeth at night?
If you wake up with sore teeth and jaw, you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep. This can happen for a variety of reasons, but stress is a major cause. And it can do some serious damage to your teeth, as well as damage your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). If this sounds like you, your National Dental Care dentist can diagnose the cause and provide treatment. For some people, this will be a special nighttime mouthguard custom-fitted to protect your teeth if you grind them.
If snoring at night means you or your partner are tired and falling asleep during the day, you need to first check with your general practitioner in case obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is the cause. It’s important to get a diagnosis as OSA can be dangerous and lead to accidents due to lack of sleep. It can also affect the partner whose sleep is regularly disrupted.
If it’s not severe, your National Dental Care practitioner may fit a customised mouthguard which will help prevent snoring. These oral appliances are used in conjunction with other methods of treatment including weight loss, exercise and adjusting the sleeping position.