Candidates Who Can Benefit from the Use of a Mouth Guard
By Dr. Everett Heringer on November 05, 2014
The majority of people understand the importance of preserving the teeth because most know that injury or decay could easily result in the need for tooth extraction and replacement with a dental restoration. However, while many patients focus on preserving the health of the teeth through the practice of good oral hygiene routines, many neglect to protect the teeth from injury and excessive wear and tear. A mouth guard can be a very useful tool in ensuring that the structure and strength of the teeth are also preserved. At Heringer Dentistry our family dentistry services are dedicated to the comprehensive care of the teeth, gums, and jaw. For those of our Bismarck patients who are mouth guard candidates, we offer custom-fit pieces that can comfortably and securely protect the teeth from injury or harm that could compromise the health of the mouth.
Who Needs a Mouth Guard?
Many people assume that if they do not participate in contact sports, then they would not benefit from a dental mouth guard. In reality, a large number of patients are ideal candidates for dental mouth guards. Athletes are just one small group of patients who can benefit from the protection of a mouth guard. Below are some groups of patients who are considered good candidates for mouth guards:
- Athletes: Athletes do make up a large percentage of mouth guard users. However, it is not just those involved in contact sports that should consider the use of a mouth guard. A mouth guard can protect the teeth and soft tissues of the mouth in the event of a blow, fall, or any other sport-related accident. Mouth guards should be used in sports ranging from bicycling to boxing.
- Teeth grinders: Patients who suffer from bruxism (those who grind and/or clench the teeth) should consider a mouth guard to protect the teeth from structural damage. The consistent pressure that is put on the teeth in those who suffer from bruxism can lead to chips, cracks, or just an overall weakening of the teeth. Mouth guards can be worn at night (when the majority of grinding and clenching takes place) to prevent this harmful habit.
- TMJ disorder sufferers: Those who suffer from TMJ disorder, a condition that causes discomfort and limited movement of the jaw bone joint, can also benefit from the use of a mouth guard. A mouth guard prevents bruxism and helps to treat minor misalignment problems, two causes that have been related to TMJ disorder.
- Patients with obstructive sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which a patient stops breathing periodically throughout the night because the airways are obstructed. This condition prevents patients from getting the full night’s rest they need and can have a number of effects on one’s general health. For those with obstructive sleep apnea, a mouth guard may help to properly align the jaw bone and ensure that the air ways do not get blocked. This can sufficiently alleviate obstructive sleep apnea for many patients.
Benefits of a Custom Mouth Guard
A great number of patients can benefit from the use of a mouth guard. To maximize the benefits of a mouth guard, we recommend that our patients opt for a custom mouth guard rather than those bought over-the-counter. Our custom mouth guards are fit to each patient’s specific measurements in order to ensure the most comfortable and secure fit, which will also ensure the greatest amount of protection for the teeth, jaw, and soft tissues of the mouth.
Schedule an Appointment
At Heringer Dentistry, we offer a range of services that help to preserve the health, function, and beauty of the teeth. If you are interested in a custom-fit mouth guard or have any questions regarding our general, restorative, or cosmetic dentistry services, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. We look forward to meeting you!
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