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Common Reasons to Use a Mouth Guard

Posted on 12/20/2018 by Tricia Ramsay
Common Reasons to Use a Mouth GuardMouth guards are not just for people who play football or some other contact sport. They can help many other people who suffer from different conditions.

Mouth guards are effective devices that can prevent many oral health issues. They can prevent problems from getting worse and they can prevent more problems from occurring.

Teeth Grinding and Bruxism

There are many people who suffer from teeth grinding and bruxism. While these conditions can affect a person at any time of the day, they are most common while a person is sleeping. Grinding the teeth can cause many issues that include:

•  Chipping, cracking or breaking of the teeth.
•  Loose teeth.
•  Excessive wear and tear on the teeth.
•  Sore jaw muscles and TMJ.
•  Gum disease.

The best way to prevent these problems from occurring is to find a way to protect the teeth and to stop the teeth grinding. Mouth guards are one of the most effective tools to help with teeth grinding and bruxism.

Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Another common problem that people suffer from that mouth guards can help is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition where blockage of the airways interrupts the ability of the person to breathe while sleeping. It can be a minor problem, or it can lead to serious problems for the individual that suffers from sleep apnea. The mouth guards can help adjust the jaw to keep airways open.

People who snore will also benefit from the mouth guards in the same way. When their airways are open, they are less likely to snore. It is something that helps not only the individual who wears the mouth guard, but anyone else disturbed by the snoring or the bouts of sleep apnea.

For more information about moth guards and how to get and use them, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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