Keep your teeth healthy with preventive dentistry in Fallbrook, CA

Preventive dentistry service is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and dental cleanings. These practices are designed to ensure that teeth are clean, strong, and white.

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Mouthguards

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. 

Chronic 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.

Types of Mouthguards

Choosing the right mouthguard is important. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard. When you choose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, well fitted for your mouth and easy to keep clean. Also make sure it does not prevent you from breathing properly during use. If you wear braces or a retainer, it is imperative for you to wear a mouthguard. Your dentist can show you how to wear a mouthguard properly and how to choose the right mouthguard to protect your smile.

Taking Care of Your Mouthguard

Similar to a retainer, braces, or any other special dental appliance, it is important to take care of your mouthguard by storing it properly and keeping it clean. You should also know when to replace your old mouthguard with a new one. Here are a few simple ways to keep your mouthguard clean and working correctly:

  • Gently scrub your mouthguard after each use with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Store your mouthguard in a protective case.
  • Do not leave your mouthguard in the sun or in hot water;  it may melt or become deformed.
  • Replace your mouthguard at the beginning of every new sports season. You should also replace your mouthguard if you notice it has become worn and no longer fits properly.
  • Do not wear a retainer with your mouthguard. If you wear braces, your dentist will help design a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your braces.
  • Do not chew on or cut pieces off of your mouthguard.
  • Bring your mouthguard to each dental checkup, and your dentist can check to make sure it’s still in good shape.

Our goal is to help minimize your chances of a sports related injury. Be sure to ask your dentist about mouthguards at your next dental checkup – GO TEAM!

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521 East Alvarado Street
Fallbrook, CA 92028