Have you been thinking about getting a mouthguard but you don’t really know if you need one or not? Mouthguards are not just for sports, they can be used during your everyday life to help protect you from a chipped tooth. Here is why it is important to take the necessary precautions so you don’t find yourself or your child with a chipped tooth.

Types of Oral Injuries

While chipped or broken teeth are the most common oral injuries that we see at HomeTown Dental, mouthguards can help prevent many of these injuries, as well as some others. Wearing a mouthguard can help protect your lips and cheeks, doing damage to previous dental work, or in the worst-case scenario, a fractured jaw.

When a Mouthguard Should Be Utilized

Mouthguards are required in high contact sports such as hockey, football, and boxing, where collision is unpreventable. However, they are not required in many other sports such as volleyball, baseball, basketball or soccer, but it’s still a good idea to wear a mouthguard anyways.

Non-Sport Usage

Many people use a mouthguard at night, commonly known as a nightguard to help protect their teeth from the damage of grinding teeth. This is a bad habit that can be hard to break, but in the long term can do serious damage to your teeth. This includes nerve damage, removal of enamel, and grinding away at your teeth in general. 

If you or your child find yourself with a chipped tooth, it is most important to see your local HomeTown Dental dentist as soon as possible. It is best to avoid eating and biting on the injured tooth to do further damage. If you must eat before your appointment, only have soft foods. 

By wearing a mouthguard, you can prevent most oral injuries and save you money on bills and insurance. If something does go wrong, HomeTown Dental is here to protect you! Call and schedule an appointment today!

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