Imagine you are watching the Super Bowl, during the game you can professional athletes face each other, indeed this is the highest level of professional football in the United States. In addition to seeing their strategies and their dedication, you will see their gear. Professional athletes know the importance of protecting their teammates, winning the game, and winning the Super Bowl, but the athletes also the importance of protecting themselves. Among the protective gear professional wear there are 5 key items: Helmet with Mouth-Guard, Shoulder Pads, Jockstrap, Jersey and Pants, and Shoes. As mention, the modern Helmet’s come with Mouth-Guard. Fact is 2007, “Schutt Sports” redesigns Football helmets and offers a safer football helmet; the new design included a faceguard and shock absorbing wedges that reduce the force of impact.
A mouthguard is a protective device that protects your teeth and gums from injury or a device that can use as a treatment or prevent oral diseases. This protective gear is a thermoplastic material with the shape of a bite and can be adapted to perfectly fit your mouth and either protects your teeth, gums, arches, bite, and lips. The mouth-guard can help patients who suffered from bruxism, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) among other diseases.
If a patient suffers from bruxism or teeth grinding a mouthguard can help. When using the mouth guard the patients’ teeth will not be grinding against each other. The reduction of this stress and a few habit changes will protect your smile and prevent teeth deterioration.
Unfortunately, teeth and mouth injuries are more common than what we think and about 80% of these dental injuries directly affect one or more front teeth; if the injury is severe, soft tissue: the lips, the tongue, and inner side of the cheeks can be damage. If you play sports your chances of a dental injury increase. Nearly 40% of athletes suffer a dental injury and to prevent these protective gear is important. Other protective gear that a player can wear to prevent head injuries are Helmets, Mouth Guards, and Face Cages.
Preventing – Oral Problems
When a patient is diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) an oral disease in which the muscles around your tongue relax and can cause the block of airflow to the lungs while you are sleeping. Thankfully today there is a number of treatments that your doctor can recommend to you. Two of these devices that your doctor could recommend are: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Dental Appliances.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
An effective treatment use to treat sleep apnea is the use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). The device will blow air through your throat during the night, keeping your airways open and preventing asphyxiation. The CPAP machine consists of three parts:
- A mask that fits over your nose or mouth and held with straps
- Tubes that connect from the mask onto the device motor
- The motor will blow air, air travel through the cannula and into your lungs
The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is a small, lightweight device that barely makes any noise. The device is so small and lightweight that you can even take with you in your travels. Additional benefits to this include:
- open airways while you sleep
- ower blood pressure
- improve the quality of your sleep
When the patient has been diagnosed with mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA); your doctor could address you to visit your the dentist. Your dentist could recommend the following oral appliances to reduce problems and prevent oral diseases. Your dentist will provide you with a mouth guard, but before they provide you the device he/she will do a few tests, take x-rays and afterward place the properly fitted device.
- Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD): a mouth guard that snaps on the upper and lower arches protective your teeth and preventing you relax the muscle to cause asphyxiation.
- Tongue Retaining Device: a mouth guard that holds your tongue in place, keeping your airway open.
Sani Dental Group knows the importance of preventing dental diseases and protect your smile. Sports are a great way to spent time with your family and friends; however, it is important that you use protective gear while performing these sports. Being a good athlete is important, but it is also important that you protect your smile, your head, and your body. A mouthguard can prevent several oral problems and even save your life. Sani Dental Group offers you several tips that help you prevent oral diseases and even help you prevent other diseases.
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