In my 25 years as a dentist, I find our society has more stress now than ever before. A couple years back, I did a study with one of our hygienists. We surveyed all of our patients over the age of 25, we verbally polled them to see if they knew of any grinding or clenching, and we also looked for the clues in their mouth. We looked for wear spots, we looked for chips on their teeth and chips on their work. We found that about 80% of our patients over the age of 25 grinded their teeth. Grinding or clenching can create headaches, it can beat up your teeth, it can create TMJ problems, it can ruin my dental work, and it is important to treat it. If you're in your adult teeth, it's the last set of teeth you're gonna get, and I would rather see you protect them than get all new stuff. One of the most diagnosed phenomenons in dentistry is reflux, or GERD. One of the first places that reflux shows is on your enamel, and if you are grinding your teeth in the presence of acid coming up from your stomach, it leaves little divots in your teeth. So we can communicate with the MD that we're finding a person that could possibly have reflux, and then the MD can treat this person. I always say, “If the hardest substance in our body is enamel, and the reflux is destroying it, what could it be doing to the lining of your esophagus?” So it's important to treat that, as well as the grinding or clenching.
The American Dental Association (ADA) says that athletes who don’t wear teeth protection are 60 times more likely to suffer dental damage than those who do. In addition, several dental organizations, including the ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), recommend wearing an athletic mouthguard for all high-impact sports.
You can get mouthguards in Oakmont for athletics or for bruxism (teeth grinding) at Oakmont Advanced Dentistry. A custom mouthguard from Dr. Resek or Dr. Bell will:
- Help prevent dental damage that could sideline your sports or athletic activity
- Fit better, feel more comfortable, and provide more protection than one bought in a store
- Save you time and money by preventing expensive damage to your teeth
- Help protect your smile and prevent cosmetic embarrassment
Don’t put your pearly whites or your loved one’s at risk! Call us today to schedule your appointment: 412-828-3311. We’re located at 200 Allegheny River Blvd. – just down the street from The Oaks Theater.
Mouthguards Play an Essential Role in Dental Care & Prevention
Everybody wants to do what’s best for their smile. The problem is, we’re not always aware of things that could harm it.
Part of our duty as a family dentist is to educate our patients on the best ways to take care of their teeth. Wearing a custom mouthguard can help protect your smile in ways you might not have thought about.
Teeth grinding is a common occurrence while sleeping, although many people don’t know they do it. Without intervention, teeth grinding can damage tooth enamel, and it has also been linked to migraine and tension headaches.
A custom mouthguard molded to your teeth will protect against dental damage and help prevent headaches. A quick exam in our office will reveal if you’re a teeth grinder who could benefit from this treatment.
If you or your child play high-impact sports or regularly engage in athletic activity, then do your teeth a favor – get them some protection! High-impact sports include any sport that involves:
- Frequent changes in speed or direction (like running, skating, and biking)
- Frequent jumping
- Flying objects like balls and pucks
- Frequent physical contact between athletes (combat and contact sports)
Wearing a custom mouthguard during these types of sports will be more comfortable and provide a greater level of protection than using a stock or boil-and-bite mouthguard. Plus, if you are an orthodontic patient, a mouthpiece made just for you will accommodate your braces or aligners better.