Do I Need a Dental Mouth Guard?

By Aaron Strickland, D.D.S. on January 19, 2017

Dental mouth guardThe primary goal of any dental practice is to help patients preserve strong, healthy smiles. At White River Dental, we achieve this goal by offering services that meet a wide range of dental health needs, including protecting the teeth from excessive force and damage. Many people do not realize how much the force the teeth are exposed to on a daily basis. While the teeth are intended to endure basic oral functions, many activities and habits have the potential to place undue stress on the teeth.

When damage occurs, restorative dentistry services repair damaged tooth enamel and rebuild the strength and function of the teeth. While these services are beneficial, a dental mouth guard may help patients avoid the need for these treatments altogether. A mouth guard fits over the teeth to help prevent oral injury and structural tooth damage. Mouth guard candidates at our Columbus, IN practice will find that these oral appliances provide protection without compromising oral comfort.

Is a Mouth Guard Right for Me?

Mouth guards protect the teeth from excessive wear and tear, and hold the jaw in its natural resting position to prevent a number of health problems. Patients interested in learning more about the benefits of a mouth guard should speak to one of our experienced dentists. In the meantime, the following questions can help determine whether a person may be an ideal candidate for a mouth guard:

  • Do I lead an active lifestyle? Contact sports are not the only athletic activities that necessitate the use of a dental mouth guard. Many activities increase the risk of an oral injury. Whether a person participates in biking, rollerblading, or baseball, a mouth guard can protect the teeth during sporting events.
  • Do I grind my teeth? Many people regularly grind and clench their teeth. This may be a reaction to stress, or it may be the result of a misaligned jaw. This habit is often practiced while patients sleep, so they may not realize they suffer from bruxism. However, if the back teeth are damaged or if patients regularly suffer from mouth pain or headaches, they may be grinding their teeth. A mouth guard can be worn at night to prevent this harmful habit.
  • Do I suffer from TMJ disorder? Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder affects the joints of the jaw. Patients with TMJ disorder are likely to experience a number of uncomfortable side effects, including headaches, mouth pain, lock jaw, and limited jaw movement. A mouth guard holds the jaw in its proper position while a patient sleeps and alleviates the symptoms of this condition.
  • Do I suffer from obstructive sleep apnea? Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that interrupts patients’ sleep patterns and prevents them from feeling fully rested. This is caused by a blockage of the airways. Most people can alleviate this condition by wearing a mouth guard while they sleep. A custom mouth guard can prevent blocked airways and allow patients to sleep without disturbance.

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you are probably an ideal candidate for a mouth guard. It is important to meet with one of our experienced dentists to learn more about these oral appliances and find out if one may be right for you.

Contact Us

At White River Dental, we provide patients with custom mouth guards that fit comfortably and securely to provide the ultimate level of protection. To learn more about the benefits of a mouth guard, contact us at your earliest convenience.

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