It’s bad enough to strike out when you miss a fastball. But it’s worse to be struck in the face by one. The ball can damage your teeth or even knock them out. Mouthguards in Fairfield will keep your smile safe from damage during sports.Dr. Cuevas on Bruxism Mouthguards Read Transcript
Bruxism is a term where we describe that people grind their teeth or clench their teeth. The effects are very similar. What they're doing is really destroying the enamel layer of the outer covering of your tooth. And once it's gone, it's gone. So, many people, they grind or brux when they're asleep. They're unaware of it. Like any other bad habit, unless you're aware of it, you can't control it. At night when you're asleep, there's no way that you can control it. So, if we make you a mouthguard that's comfortable, then you'll be able to protect your teeth at night. If you don't do that, it just gets worse and worse and worse. I've seen people crack teeth in half. I've seen people grind them down to the gum level. Even those individuals did not know that that's what was causing the problem.
I know of probably 10 different ways to make a mouthguard and 10 different kinds of mouthguards depending on what the situation is. So, if it's simply just from grinding, there is a mouthguard that will just go over your front teeth. It's very comfortable, easy to wear. Most people find that after one or two weeks, it's something that they can wear very easily. There are different types of mouthguards that we can make, though, and find the one that works the best for you.
- Teeth Grinding – This behavior, often caused by stress, not only damages your teeth but can also cause a painful condition called TMJ disorder. We can fit you for a night guard that will stop your grinding and relieve the jaw pain caused by TMJ problems.
- Sleep Apnea – A custom-made mouthguard can be used to treat sleep apnea by moving your jaw into a position that keeps your airway clear while you sleep. Many people find it easier to adjust to a mouthguard than to a CPAP machine.
Proper Mouthguard Maintenance Will Extend Its Life
You’ll want to keep your custom mouthguards as long as possible. To do so, you should take good care of it. Follow our mouthguard maintenance advice:
- Don’t chew on your custom mouthguards
- Don’t ever share it with others
- Clean after every use, using mild soap or toothpaste; use warm water rather than hot
- Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight or other high temperatures
- Bring it with you to your dental exams so we can make sure it’s still in good shape