It is no secret that we all love a good smile, and will go to great lengths to protect it. Luckily, we can protect our teeth from injury by simply wearing a protective mouthguard!

Many patients spend thousands of dollars repairing tooth injuries, when those injuries could have been prevented with a mouthguard. Why risk losing a tooth when you can wear a mouthpiece instead? To lower  your risk of dental injury (and the cost of repairs),   consider wearing a mouthguard whenever  you are at risk of tooth injury. Read on to find out how a mouthguard can save your smile!

When to Wear a Protective Mouthguard and Why

A mouthguard should always be worn:

During sports

High-contact sports can cause dental trauma, often resulting in a dental injury. Because dental trauma can lead to other serious dental problems, it is important to protect the mouth  when playing sports. According to the American Dental Association, athletes who do not wear a mouthguard are nearly twice as likely to receive an injury than athletes who wear a protective mouthpiece. To prevent injury, a protective mouthguard should be worn during any sport where an athlete may experience a high impact collision. These sports include:

  • Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Boxing
  • Skateboarding

In addition to these sports, a protective mouthguard should be considered for any other activity (such as horseback riding or skateboarding) where an injury to the mouth may occur. Many trauma-related cases of tooth loss  or tooth fracture can be prevented by wearing a mouthguard.

To prevent tooth grinding

Patients with high stress often grind their teeth excessively. Teeth grinding is very common at night, as many patients often do it during their sleep. To protect the teeth from damage, patients who grind their teeth should consider wearing a mouthguard while they sleep. If a mouthguard is not worn, this bad habit could lead to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD).

 

Visit Sugarland Dental Spa

If you’ve suffered a dental injury, or wake up with a sore jaw from grinding your teeth while you sleep, there are a variety of treatment options available at the Sugar Land Dental Spa in the Houston, Texas area! Our experienced dental professionals will help you find out which restorative dentistry treatment and mouthguard solution would be best for you. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Sugar Land Dental Spa today!