Mouthguards protect your teeth from injuries. That is why they are usually worn during physical activities and especially when you’re asleep. But mouthguards are more than just a protective layer for your teeth.
Mouthguards prevent tooth fractures and cracking. For example, if you were to get a facial injury while playing football, the mouthguards would prevent any rupture or damage to the teeth. Dentists commonly ask those suffering from tooth grinding in their sleep to wear mouthguards. Tooth grinding is not dangerous for oral health, but it may weaken the enamel and cause an infection or cavities. Wearing mouthguards at night is very beneficial to your oral health. It not only stops your teeth from grinding but also helps those suffering from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea takes place when you sleep with your mouth open leading to your mouth getting dry. Those suffering from sleep apnea usually wake up during the night and feel a sense of breathlessness. Wearing mouth guards helps prevent sleep apnea and stops the mouth from getting dry.
Research has proven that those who suffer from sleep apnea are more likely to die a premature death. Using a mouthguard protects not just your oral health but your mental health as well and allows those suffering from sleep apnea to get a good night’s sleep. A mouthguard can also protect you from soft tissue injuries, such as a lower lip injury. Soft tissue injuries usually take two to four weeks to heal and are extremely painful, and are very common if you are playing sports.
At Porter Smiles Dental, our team of dentists is happy to guide you on how to use a mouthguard while you sleep. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us. Call us at (281) 519-7200 to book your appointment right away.