Custom Fit Mouthguards Protect More than Teeth

September 11, 2014 | Posted in Dental Health Tips | Be the first one to comment

Custom Mouthguards Protect More than Teeth!

Now that it's fall and everyone is back to work and school in Waterloo, many sports start up again and life can get hectic.  It's time to think about protecting your teeth!
You may think of mouthguards only as something that athletes wear to protect their teeth from physical impact, but did you know that custom-fitted mouthguards can also help alleviate headaches and prevent concussions?
If you suffer from frequent headaches but can't determine the cause, mention it to your dentist, as headaches can sometimes be the result of bruxism, or teeth grinding. The bruxism/headache connection happens when you clench your jaw while you sleep, while grinding your upper and lower sets of teeth together. Unless your grinding is keeping someone else up, you may not even be aware that you're doing it until the telltale effects show on your teeth. Left untreated, it could lead to painful, sensitive or loose teeth, a tight or sore jaw, or a headache, earache or neck pain. The high pressure from bruxism can even fracture teeth and crack fillings!
Mention your headaches and sore muscles to your dentist when you come in for an appointment. She may suggest a special mouthguard to wear at night, to intercept the damage that your teeth are inflicting on each other.
Of course, if you play hockey, football or any other physical sport in the Kitchener Waterloo area, you also need to be fitted with an athletic mouthguard, another type of custom-made mouth protector. This important piece of equipment has been proven to protect not only teeth, but also to serve as a "shock absorber" to protect against concussions and brain injuries.
Only a dentist can provide the necessary quality of a custom-fitted mouthguard. Please ask about these when you call for your next dental appointment.

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