Are you a sports enthusiast? Do you play in recreational leagues or at a higher level? Depending on your sport, a mouthguard can be vital. The violent collisions in hockey, football, rugby, and other sports necessitate mouthguards to prevent teeth from sustaining trauma. So the next time you step out onto that athletic field, or sheet of ice, take a moment to consider whether or not you’re doing everything possible to protect your teeth. Below, your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, explains the important role mouthguards play in protecting your teeth.
Mouthguards and Your Teeth
A forceful collision is capable of forcing our bodies into actions that we can’t control. Imagine a car crash. If the car crashes into a wall moving at a significant speed, there is nothing that you or anyone else can do to stop your body from lurching forward. The same goes for a powerful hit on an athletic field. A jarring collision, may force you to lurch in a certain direction, and it may also force your jaw to snap shut. With no cushioning to protect your teeth or mouth, this type of situation can prove devastating. A severely bitten tongue, a broken tooth, and a chipped tooth are just a few examples of the possible results of a collision. However, a mouthguard can provide cushioning and keep your teeth from smashing together, saving you pain and the necessity for restorative dental work.
Other Kinds of Mouthguards
When confronted with the word mouthguard, many people tend to think of athletic mouthguards. However, your Des Moines general dentist, Dr. Johnson, often prescribes mouthguards to her dental patients to protect their teeth from the forces of bruxism (teeth grinding). These mouthguards are often referred to as sleep guards because they are worn during the night. Sleep guards can prevent teeth from chipping, cracking, or breaking, and they can relieve strain on the jaw joint, preventing complications.
Schedule a Visit with Your Des Moines General Dentist
Taking care of your teeth is a full-time job. If you play a contact sport, be sure to wear a mouthguard, and if you notice recurring sensitivities in your teeth alongside a sore jaw, be sure to contact your Des Moines general dentist, Dr. Johnson, at 515-223-9764. Our 50266 dentist office welcomes patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities, so call today.