Are you an adult and the idea of wearing something to protect your teeth is a new idea for you? Have you always assumed that only individuals dealing with orthodontic treatment or those participating in professional sports need protective mouthguards? Think again. This is something that can protect the oral health of many individuals. Consider a couple reasons you might want to choose one for yourself or your family member.
Reason #1: Protection From External Sources
In many cases, there are external sources that can result in damage to your smile. As a result, we encourage our patients who think this might be even a vague possibility to wear a protective mouthguard. Whether you’re playing basketball or soccer on a team, you’re playing tennis, you’re skateboarding, or you’re doing anything else that leads to the potential for a significant blow to your smile … well … then the chance of accidental injury is real (and fortunately, avoidable).
Reason #2: Protection From Yourself
Patients often find it very frustrating that they might cause their own injury. Unfortunately, this is often the case when it comes to functional disorders. For instance, you may damage your teeth significantly if you suffer from bruxism or TMJ disorder. Bruxism is characterized by grinding or clenching that you cannot control voluntarily. TMJ disorder occurs when your jaw joints are damaged or under severe stress (which become worse from overuse). By wearing a protective mouthguard appropriate for your particular disorder, you can avoid serious damage like broken teeth.
ABOUT YOUR LONGVIEW, TX, DENTISTS:
At DentaCare Dental in Longview, TX, we focus on advanced technology, education, and comfort to offer every patient a pleasant experience and excellent dental care. To schedule a consultation, call our Longview, TX, office today at (903) 758-5921. For optimal convenience, we also serve patients at our other location in Tyler, TX.