At Brush Dental, we care about your dental health. Apart from our various treatments and procedures, we have mouthguards & nightguards in Sherwood Park. A mouthguard is used to protect your mouth from injuries while playing sports that pose risk. We also recommend using nightguards for those that have the habit of teeth grinding. A nightguard protects your teeth against the debilitating effect of teeth grinding and jaw clenching during the night.
Every set of teeth is different, which is why we provide a whole range of mouthguards and nightguards in Sherwood Park.
Like nightguards, mouthguards are devices that are crafted to cover your teeth. Those who engage in sports such as basketball, lacrosse, hockey, and soccer can benefit from their protection. Additionally, those involved in non-contact sports like gymnastics and activities like skating are also recommended to use them. Other than that, mouthguards are an effective solution to prevent damage to your teeth if you're prone to grinding them.
Grinding your teeth at night is very common. A high percentage of people grind their teeth, but only a small percentage are aware of it. Signs of nocturnal grinding include morning headaches, sore jaws, earaches, neck pain, loose teeth, broken teeth, and the shortening of teeth (especially the front teeth).
If you're suffering from jaw pain, we recommend the following 3-day treatment for jaw pain:
Take a muscle relaxant as directed on the package instructions for three full days without interruption. We recommend Robaxisal (aspirin), Robaxicet (acetaminophen), or Robax Platinum (ibuprofen). They all have the same muscle relaxant but have different anti-inflammatory medications. Use whichever anti-inflammatory you prefer. Some people feel drowsy with these medications so be aware.
Limit how wide you open your mouth. Be careful with big sandwiches, apples and other food. When you yawn, tip your chin down to your chest – this limits opening and allows for a satisfying yawn.
No hard or chewy food. Be nice to your jaw joint.
Two or three times a day, apply hot and cold alternately for one minute each for a total of ten minutes. Finish with heat and then proceed to the next step.
Gently stretch your jaw. Slowly open until you feel a slight stretch and hold for a few seconds. Do this a few times. Then slowly move your lower jaw to one side and hold. Then move to the other side.
If your jaw joint feels better, great! If there is little or no improvement, you may need to see a jaw joint specialist.