It goes without saying that your smile is one of your greatest assets. After all, it is often the first thing a person notices about another, and a vibrant grin can communicate a heightened level of confidence and happiness overall. Still, however, many dental concerns exist that can complicate achieving this outcome, and sometimes our smiles require a helping hand. In today’s blog, your Newport Beach, CA dentist examines how an oral appliance can be used to protect your oral health in a few different ways.
Protecting Your Teeth
Whether we like it or not, our teeth are subject to a constant barrage of oral threats such as decay, disease, oral bacteria, germs, and much more. Even with the natural line of defense we have – enamel – there is only so much that can be done before the negative influences significantly outweigh the positive ones. When this occurs, we have no choice but to seek restorative treatment to prioritize our overall health.
Some phenomena, however, do not influence our smiles in the traditional ways that we are familiar with. Instead, concerns such as obstructive sleep apnea, chronic bruxism, and other issues might be impacting your health now without your knowledge. This means a setback in terms of treatment, and as such, our team encourages you to stay on top of your preventive care to be able to identify concerns earlier on.
When we take a look at teeth grinding, in particular, it becomes clear that the constant clenching and moving of the lower jawbone from side-to-side causes teeth to wear down quickly. Not only does this lead to a higher risk of dental infection, but it can result in less stable and more brittle teeth. Fortunately, nightguards can help. Give our team a call today to learn more about this process.
Opening Your Airway
Another major concern that you might not know about is obstructive sleep apnea. This sleep disorder occurs when a person’s muscles in their throat relax and block the airway. As a result, the brain sends signals that briefly rouse you, and this becomes a cycle.
You see, not only can nightguards be custom-made to your precise smile measurements to protect your teeth while you slumber, but they can be designed in such a way that aids air circulation. Contact our office to learn more.
Other Important Benefits
Nightguards can provide significant assistance in addressing a sleep disorder such as OSA or chronic bruxism, preventing the onset of issues such as TMJ disorder. The next time you visit our office, make sure to ask our team about your nightguard options.
Learn More Today
Contact Balboa Dental Surgery in Newport Beach, CA by calling 949-630-0143 to schedule your next appointment with our team and learn more about protecting your teeth while your slumber.