Caring for your smile is not a linear process. Indeed, if you could maintain a healthy smile for life just by brushing alone, the world would be a much simpler place. Unfortunately, this is far from reality and there are what seems like countless threats and obstacles that can get in the way of that perfect grin. One such instance you might not expect involves physical injury or teeth-grinding. In today’s blog, your Conroe, TX dentist takes a look at the function of a mouthguard or oral appliance, and when it is best to use one for better smile protection.
What is a Mouthguard?
At a young age, attending a dental visit might seem like a daunting process. In fact, we are often flooded with a number of ‘what if’ questions due to the fact that we have never undergone an experience like this before. Some questions that come to mind involve the fear of losing natural teeth, fear of painful treatment, and more. What we do not expect, however, is that some additional treatment such as a mouthguard might be essential to keep our structures healthy. But what exactly is a mouthguard, and how can one help?
A mouthguard is a device made from rubber or dental plastic with the sole purpose of protecting your gums and teeth from harm by covering them. Additionally, there are a variety of types that can be used depending on your needs and situation. For example, there are over-the-counter options available, boil-and-bite, and of course, custom options when you visit our office. To learn more about this process and how we can help, give our team a call today.
Protection from Teeth-Grinding
One of the major reasons for prescribing a mouthguard might include protection from teeth-grinding, also known as bruxism. Indeed, there are more individuals out there that grind their teeth subconsciously than you might anticipate, and when this process is left untreated, it can cause a number of issues to arise. For example, your enamel may be worn down, and once it is gone, it is gone for good.
Another complication that can arise from teeth grinding involves tension and damage. In cases such as these, a mouthguard provides adequate protection to keep your structures safe from harm. Contact our team today to learn more.
Protecting Your Structures in Sports
In addition to protection from sleep concerns, a mouthguard may be deemed necessary if you actively participate in contact sports. Indeed, these situations lead to a heightened potential for a dental emergency to occur, and as such, a person may experience significant damage. With a mouthguard, however, you can remain protected and safe while playing sports.
Learn More Today
To learn more about the need for smile protection, contact The Dental Centre of Conroe in Conroe, TX by calling 936-441-4600 to schedule your next appointment with our team today.