Posted on 7/10/2018 by Dr. Franco
|Clenching the teeth is not something to ignore. It is something that is common with people who grind their teeth It can damage the teeth and the gums. It can aggravate a condition called TMJ causing more pain for the person suffering from it.
Because of the dangers and problems associated with clenching of the teeth, we recommend doing something about it. The question people ask is what to do. One option is a mouth guard. This is what they are, how they work and when they are the right choice.
How a Mouth Guard Helps
A mouth guard is an appliance that fits over the teeth. The goal of the mouth guard is to provide protection for the teeth. It is something that people see many athletes using because they do not want to get their teeth knocked out. Just because a person is not an athlete does not mean they cannot benefit from the protection offered by a mouth guard.
Clenching of the teeth causes pressure on the teeth. The pressure exerted can cause teeth to chip, fracture or break. A mouth guard offers a layer of protection when the clenching happens
What it Does Not Do
The mouth guard offers a layer of protection for the pressure of clenching the teeth, but it does not stop a person from clenching their teeth. You are most likely to suffer from this problem when you sleep.
There are several reasons that you may clench your teeth, but the mouth guard will not do anything to prevent these from happening. The longer a person continues to clench their teeth, the less protection a mouth guard provides. Over time, the clenching will weaken the structure of the teeth and damage can still happen.
For more information about teeth clenching, mouth guards and other dental issues, contact the professionals at our office for answers.
PEDRO F. FRANCO, DDS
HOWARD B. PRICE, DDS
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