Your teeth are the hardest substance in your body. However, they can still suffer from the damage, even during sleep.
At Your Gold Coast Dentist, our goal is total teeth protection, including during play and sleep. Read on to learn more!
Sports-enthusiasts, particularly those who engage in contact sports, expose themselves to dental emergencies. A forceful blow to the face can knock out, break, or loosen your pearly whites. To avoid such dangers, we recommend mouthguards.
Mouthguards are protective dental appliance worn to cover your teeth. The mouthguards cushion the blow and protect your teeth from the impact.
The advantages of mouthguards are many and noteworthy. In fact, the Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) and the Australian Dental Association (ADA) have declared them necessary equipment when playing sports such as football, basketball, hockey, boxing, wrestling, martial arts, lacrosse, and netball. This is called the Mouth Guard Policy.
There are three types of mouthguards – stock mouth protectors, boil and bite, and custom-made.
Stock mouth protectors are mouthguards easily purchased in drugstores and most sport centres. They are ready to wear items and may not fit the mouth perfectly. They offer the least protection among the three.
The second type, boil and bite, are also purchased in drugstores. Before they can be worn, boil and bite mouthguards have to be soaked in hot water, then shaped and fitted to the teeth.
The final type, custom-made, offers optimum protection. They are skillfully crafted by dentists, based on your unique measurements. Custom-fitted mouthguards perfectly fit the teeth and are made of durable materials to withstand force. When worn, they do not hamper speaking and breathing, unlike the other types.
Your teeth can be damaged, even during sleep, due to a jaw disease called bruxism. Bruxism is the excessive and unconscious meeting and grinding of the upper and lower teeth. It can happen during the day, but is most prevalent at night.
Because the teeth are tough, the effects of bruxism are not easily seen, making them hard to identify by yourself. Over time, the teeth will chip, flatten, crack, and may even work loose.
Bruxism sufferers also experience jaw sore in the morning, sometimes with headache and earache.
The condition does not have a known cause, but research studies show that stress and ADHD are linked to it.
Treatment includes jaw exercise, conscious elimination of stressors and wearing night splints. Night splints function like a mouthguard but are worn during sleep. As the two arches meet and clench, the teeth are protected.
Smokers and alcoholics have a higher risk of having dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Also, keep yourself hydrated to avoid a dry mouth.
Ask your dentist or search the web for effective dental tools you can use. Some examples are the electronic brush, tongue scraper, oral irrigators, and zip rings.
Good oral hygiene practices are your first defense against dental problems but they are not enough. You need a trusted dental partner to cover those areas you can’t handle.
A dental checkup includes a professional cleaning for optimum removal of plaque, particularly in the molars and other areas which are difficult to brush. Oral cancer screening and other diagnostic tests are also done during a dental check up.
We recommend two dental check ups a year, or once every six months.
Provide your teeth with total protection with the help of Your Gold Coast Dentist. Talk to us today to learn more about how we can help.