Mouthguards are coverings worn over your teeth. Bruxism is a sleep related movement disorder that causes you to grind and clench your teeth during your sleep. This is a condition that can cause problems such as tooth pain, jaw pain, and sore gums. If grinding persists without protection, it will wear down your teeth. Tooth enamel cannot be rebuilt so it is important to preserve. Also, dental injuries can be lessened or prevented by wearing a mouthguard, saving you from treatment in the future. That is why our team at Rush Creek Dentistry recommends wearing a mouthguard in the appropriate settings.
Sleep apnea, which is a sleep disorder that causes you to temporarily stop breathing when you sleep, will prevent your brain from receiving enough oxygen, increasing the risk of heart disease or stroke. Using a CPAP machine can help people with sleep apnea by keeping their airways open while they sleep, mouthguards can provide a similar effect. If you grind or clench your teeth during your sleep because of bruxism or anxiety, or if you have sleep apnea, your dentist will recommend wearing a mouthguard at night.
What Are Mouthguards Made Of?
There are three main types of mouthguards. Boil and bite mouthguards are available to purchase in a sport or drugstore. There are also stock mouthguards that can be bought in a store and that come preformed. However, dentists do not recommend using these types of mouthguards.
Additionally, if you are suffering from sleep apnea, these kinds of mouthguards will not help. Those with sleep apnea will need a mouthguard with a strap that goes around your head and chin in order to adjust your jaw. This will help by pushing your lower jaw and tongue forward so that way your airway can be kept open while you sleep. The best mouthguard for you will be custom made by your dentist. Your mouthguard should be durable, easily cleaned, comfortable and should not block your breathing or speech. Your mouthguard will most likely be made of acrylic plastic material. An effective mouthguard will be custom fitted and provided by a dental professional.
How Do I Take Care Of My Mouthguard?
Before and after using your mouthguard, clean it by rinsing it thoroughly with cold water and brushing it using a toothbrush and soap. When you are not wearing your mouthguard, store it in a hard perforated container. This type of case will permit air circulation, this will prevent bacteria from growing on your mouthguard and also prevent it from getting crushed and warped. If your mouthguard is acrylic, refresh it by keeping the guard in cold clean water. High temperatures will distort the snug fit of your mouthguard so keep it away from: direct sunlight, hot water, and hot surfaces. When your mouthguard becomes loose be sure to replace it.
What Is My Next Step?
If you are looking to get a mouthguard, allow our dental professionals at Rush Creek Dentistry to help you with the next step. Our custom-fitted mouthguards are the best option for protecting your teeth from injury. Our mouthguards are made from the most durable materials and are made to fit your smile perfectly. Allow us to be your trusted care provider by calling us now at 682-277-0535.
Rush Creek Dentistry
6401 S Cooper St. Suite 105
Arlington, TX 76001-6752