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Many factors can impact our overall oral health, and some of them come from unexpected sources. Participating in sports or other activities can put us at risk for mouth and jaw injuries. And bruxism - or teeth grinding - is a common problem that can lead to issues such as chipped or cracked teeth.
Many people are unaware that they grind their teeth, and we don’t want to give up our favourite healthy physical activities. Luckily, there are easy fixes to both problems.
Sports guards and bite appliances specifically deal with these issues by protecting your mouth and jaw from injury. A custom-fitted sports guard, made out of flexible plastic and specially fitted to you, protects by acting as a shock absorber. When worn properly and a good fit to your jaw, the guard takes the force of sudden blows and impacts, protecting your mouth, jaw, and head. It’s a wise investment for anyone who likes to play sports or participate in a variety of physical activities.
Bite appliances are also made from flexible plastic and designed for your mouth, but in this case they prevent you from biting down and grinding, particularly at night when bruxism is most common. These comfortable and effective appliances perform a valuable role, preventing teeth wearing, cracks, and other damage to your teeth.
If you’re wondering if a guard or appliance might be right for you, ask us at your next visit. We’d love to discuss your options!