Reasons You Might Wear a Mouthguard

Reasons You Might Wear a Mouthguard

What comes to mind when you think of a mouthguard? If you picture a bulky, uncomfortable insert that you wore when playing sports as a kid, you’ll be glad to know that mouthguards have come a long way. Today’s mouthguards are more comfortable than ever, and they can do a lot for you beyond keeping your teeth in place during contact sports.

In fact, in quite a few instances a mouthguard could be the right choice for you. At Modern Day Dental in Santa Clara, California, Andrew Day, DDS, and our team want to help you make the best choices for your oral health. And because that might include using a mouthguard as part of your preventive dentistry care, we’ve outlined a few instances when this insert might make a good addition to your routine.

Playing sports

We’ll get the obvious one out of the way first: A mouthguard can help to protect your teeth when you’re playing sports, especially contact ones. But high-contact sports like football, hockey, and boxing aren’t the only times when a mouthguard can help. Dr. Day also recommends mouthguards for people who partake in any of the following activities:

In other words, if there’s any chance that your mouth could hit another person, a piece of equipment, or the ground, a mouthguard is probably a good idea. If you’re not sure if you should be wearing a mouthguard during your activity of choice, ask Dr. Day.

While you sleep

Not all people need a mouthguard while they sleep, but three categories of people can benefit from inserting specialized oral appliances when they go to bed:

People who grind their teeth

If you grind your teeth at night, a nightguard can protect you from tooth damage and unwelcome symptoms, like headaches when you wake up. 

People with sleep apnea 

Sleep apnea interferes with your ability to breathe normally when you’re asleep. Some types of obstructive sleep apnea — or sleep apnea that results from your tongue and throat muscles relaxing too much when you sleep — can be corrected with an oral appliance that resembles a mouthguard. 

People who snore

Similarly, some types of snoring can be corrected by using a mouthguard at night. These mouthguards hold the tongue out of the way to ensure you don’t saw logs while you rest. 

Ultimately, you might choose to wear a mouthguard for a number of reasons. But not all mouthguards are created equal. To ensure you’re choosing the right option to accomplish the specific purpose you have in mind, don’t hesitate to talk to Dr. Day about it.

If you want help selecting the best mouthguard for your specific needs, call our office or request an appointment online today.

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