How a Mouthguard Can Really Help Protect Your Mouth
Posted on 9/7/2020 by Platte Valley Dental Care
A mouthguard is used in several different sports to protect the mouth from a blow. The mouthguard protects the teeth from being chipped or broken and the lips, face, tongue, and jaw. In most cases, the mouthguard is worn on the top teeth only and is very effective in cushioning any blows received. What many do not know is that there are other uses for a mouthguard outside of sports.
Other Uses for a Mouthguard
We know that a mouthguard can be used to prevent damage from a blow, but did you know it can also be used for sleep apnea, snoring, and teeth grinding. The mouthguard will stop the top and bottom molars from running against one another at night, which can cause significant damage to the teeth. The mouthguard will also prevent the grinding sound that occurs. When used for sleep apnea, the mouthguard pushes your tongue and lower jaw forward, which opens up the airways making breathing easier. The opening of the airways in this way will help prevent snoring.
How Does The Mouthguard Work?
The mouthguard puts a barrier between teeth layers to prevent damage. The impact between the top and bottom rows can cause chips or breakage, leading to serious oral health issues. In the evening, a nightguard will open the airways and stop teeth from grinding. When you clench your jaw, the guard cushions the muscles in the jaw by lightening the tension.
If you require a mouthguard, stop by our office for a professional consultation, to create a mold, and to come back for your fitting. We will always ensure you are getting the best fitting guard for your activities and lifestyle. Our office is not only family-friendly, but we pride ourselves on our care and professional services, making every visit informative and enjoyable.
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