Mouth guard or night guard acts like cushion and it absorbs forces we put on our teeth. During clenching or grinding we insert ten times the force than chewing food, so it is too much force and it can cause tooth fracture, tooth wear and pain. Grinding or clenching can cause headache, shoulder ache and neck ache.
We do not know for sure why we grind or clench, it is safe to say that stress is one of the reasons of it as it is the source of 70% of all diseases. Clenching is the body’s means to fight stress because it causes release of cortisol ( the stress hormone) and lactic acid. According to Dr. Freedman: ” Excess cortisol can decrease strength, endurance and performance. The many effect of stress-related cortisol on the human body include: migraines, sleep deprivation, chronic fatigue, hypertension, depression, decreased metabolism and a weakening of the immune system.” Wearing mouth guard keeps our teeth apart and interrupts clenching cycle. And at the best it might take the joy of grinding away from our subconscious, hopefully!
Sports guard, eh? At this time and age with all the progress of human knowledge and technology, we can play safer. Wow, that is great. Is not it? And we as dental professionals can help. With sports guards, the injuries to our mouth and teeth during games, hockey, basketball, etc… can be reduced immensely. It protects not just our teeth but gums, jaws and cheeks as well. Sports guards also protect against hitting forces of teeth to teeth contact which reduces head trauma and concussions.
We can make you a properly fitted mouth guard. First we take an impression of your teeth and in the lab we make a stone model of them. And on that stone model we make you a plastic custom mouth guard with your favourite color or as close to your favourite color as possible!
Then you can play fashionably and with piece of mind. Have one custom made for your mouth today by contacting our office.