Why its important to wear a decent mouthguard

WHO needs to use a mouthguard? If you play sport where collision or contact is unavoidable - you do.

If you don't wear a mouthguard, you are at risk of dealing with dental problems for the rest of your life.

The Australian Dental Association reports that sport-related mouth injuries can result in dental trauma.

This trauma can include damage to the tooth nerve, fractured, cracked or knocked-out teeth, a broken jaw or damage to the tongue and lips.

Unfortunately, a single case of dental trauma can lead to a lifetime of dental treatment in order to maintain the health of a damaged tooth.

Research shows that mouthguards can also be used to deter teeth grinding while asleep.

According to Optima Dental Care, when a person is under stress, they have a tendency to clench and grind their teeth unconsciously.

"This clenching and grinding puts unnecessary pressure on the jaw and the muscles around the ears, neck and head, affecting the temporomandibular joint," a representative said.

"The joint is necessary in many processes, including opening and closing the mouth, chewing, swallowing and breathing."

Optima Dental Care recommends using a grinding guard created to your individual oral situation and worn while you sleep.

For more information on mouthguards, visit here or phone Optima Dental Care at 49724444.

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