Whether you wear braces or not, protecting your smile while playing sports is essential. Injuries to the mouth and jaw are some of the most common injuries received by athletes. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums. If you participate in basketball, boxing, hockey, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, track and field, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting or wrestling, it is recommended by the American Dental Association that you wear a mouthguard.
Grinding one’s teeth is a common issue. Also known as bruxism, this condition affects eight percent of adults. Some of you might think that grinding your teeth is normal. However, it’s not … and it can lead to a serious problem. What’s worse is that this habit might cause you to lose your teeth. You can stop it from happening by wearing mouthguards.
Here are some signs that it’s time to talk to your dentist about your teeth grinding.
Stress at work may affect your ability to sleep. But that’s not the only issue you will face. You may grind your teeth while you’re sleeping, without knowing it. This habit can even become chronic. That means you grind your teeth most nights. If you have chronic grinding, it is best to see one of our dentists at Fallbrook Village Dental. Our dentists may recommend the use of mouthguards for grinding teeth.
This mouth device will not stop you from clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth. Rather, it will minimize the effects of grinding on your teeth.
Chip a Tooth
It is common for patients with bruxism to find themselves looking in the mirror, wondering how they got a chipped tooth. A chipped tooth is an indication that your condition is serious. In your sleep, you grind your teeth back and forth, putting a lot of pressure on the enamel. This action can damage your teeth. The damage can be fixed. However, it is costlier than wearing a mouthguard. For that reason, it is vital that you see either Dr. Jordan Colby or Dr. Ed Steward for proper evaluation of your teeth grinding habit.
Hear a Popping Sound in Your Jaw
Do you hear a clicking or popping sound each time you open your mouth? This is one of the signs of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. It happens when the muscles in your jaw are inflamed because of too much grinding or clenching of your teeth. This condition is difficult to diagnose; it requires an expert. Our dentists at Fallbrook Village Dental have years of experience diagnosing and treating TMJ. During your dental visit, one of our dentists will examine your teeth and identify whether the popping sound is, in fact, a sign of TMD as a result of bruxism. One of the methods of treating this condition is wearing a mouthguard for TMJ. You must wear it every night. It not only prevents your teeth from grinding but also helps align your jaw.
Getting a Headache After Waking Up
After you wake up, you are supposed to have a fresh mind, not a pain in the head. If you experience a raging headache every morning, it might be time to consult one of our dentists. This headache is the result of nightly grinding. Wearing a mouthguard for grinding teeth will not stop you from grinding. However, it may help minimize the effects of this habit. A mouthguard is a tool that curbs the effects of teeth grinding at night. It does not stop teeth grinding or bruxism.
When you talk to one of our dentists at Fallbrook Village Dental, you may be advised to learn relaxation exercises. Relaxation is a great way to get rid of stress, which is a contributing factor to your grinding. Our dentists will also give you other methods to minimize teeth grinding. Talk to our teeth grinding experts today and find out whether you can benefit from wearing a mouthguard. Schedule an appointment by calling us at (760) 723-3535.