Why You May Need a Mouthguard
Mouthguards should be used by anyone who is interested in protecting their teeth. You may benefit from a mouthguard if you play contact sports like football, soccer, hockey, basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, or boxing. Patients who participate in other physical activities like skateboarding, mountain biking, and gymnastics will also benefit from wearing a mouthguard.
One of the main reasons we may recommend a mouthguard is bruxism. Bruxism or teeth grinding refers to the condition of clenching your teeth tightly and rubbing them against each other. Many people may not know they suffer from bruxism because often it happens while you sleep. The first person to notice symptoms of bruxism is usually a sleeping partner. Dr. Jeremy D. Kay DMD may also notice signs of wear during your routine examination.
Bruxism can lead to serious oral health complications. Long-term bruxism can cause severe damage to your enamel. You make experience chipped teeth, cracked enamel, tooth wear, gum recession, tooth collapse, and even tooth loss.
Types of Mouthguards
In general, there are three types of mouthguards:
Caring for Your Mouthguards
After you receive your mouthguard, there are several steps you can take to ensure its longevity. Be sure to rinse and clean the mouthguard with cool water and mild soap. You should also avoid hot temperatures to prevent your mouthguard from warping. Bring your mouthguard to your routine appointments so that we can check the fit and effectiveness.
A mouthguard will typically last a year or so, depending on how often you wear it. If you suffer from nocturnal bruxism, you should wear your mouthguard every night. If you find any holes or tears in your mouthguard, be sure to contact us so that we can fabricate a replacement.
Schedule an Appointment
If you would like to learn more about mouthguards, call (215) 567-0800, and schedule an appointment today!