Teeth and mouth protection through the use of mouth guards


The teeth and mouth are a part of the body that is very important and should be given keen attention just like any other part of the boy. The importance of teeth is firstly due to its functions during food consumption. This is the entry point of food into the body and the first point of digestion.

The mouth contains the teeth, tongue, lips and cheeks. These are important for chewing, churning and swallowing, keeping the food in the mouth and holding the food respectively. If one department is not efficient, the whole process of food digestion will not begin right.

The teeth are especially important in the human body. They are responsible for breaking down the food into smaller particles that can be swallowed and digested effectively. Not having teeth or not having a complete healthy set of teeth would impair an individual a great deal.

Teeth are basically individual bone protrusions. There are different types of teeth in a normal set of human teeth. There is the upper set of teeth and the lower set of teeth and each set has identical corresponding incisors, canines, pre molars, and molars. Each type of teeth has its own functions. Incisors are used to bite, canines are used to tear, and the premolars and molars are used to grind.

Teeth despite being made from tough bone material is also brittle and susceptible to cracks and breaking. Teeth can also be uprooted due to excessive force. Teeth need to be protected to avoid these eventualities.

Scenarios which are likely to lead to teeth damage include hard contact in sporting activities such as in sports like football, hockey, skiing, boxing, acrobatics, martial arts and other sports that might lead to hard contact with other players or with some hard surface. Teeth can also be damaged in activities such as motor racing and activities such as mining or manual work where one might get hit with a hard device.

To protect the teeth, mouth guards are the ideal devices that one can use. The mouth guard is a device that is usually worn on the upper set of teeth but one can also have a mouth guard to be worn on the lower set of teeth.

Mouth guards are especially good for protection against hard impact. They will protect the teeth from getting broken, cracked or uprooted.  Mouth guards also protect the lips, gums and cheeks from hard contact with the teeth which could result in breakages or cuts on the soft tissue.

Mouth guards are also used by people who experience bruxism. Bruxism is a condition where an individual grinds, gnashes, or clenches their teeth together i.e. the upper and the lower sets of teeth grinding against each other, hitting against each other, or pressing hard against each other. These actions, especially when intense, can lead to teeth damage.

Apart from teeth damage, wearing mouth guards helps prevent headaches and earaches amongst people who experience bruxism. Harmful bruxism usually occurs at night hence one should wear the mouth guard to sleep.

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