If you are of an active nature and love to get stuck into your sports at the weekends in the city of Leeds, then you also need to be responsible and protect yourself as much as you can from injury, especially to the mouth. Damage here can be costly and complex to put right; not only are your teeth and gums vulnerable, but if you insist in playing on unprotected, damage to your mouth can also lead to injury throughout your head, your neck and upper back. All sports are different, so if you are dead keen to keep playing, you really need to get a bespoke mouth-guard to take the shocks and bangs that your sport is likely to throw at it and your first stop should be your dentists for some advice on full protection for your mouth. You can go cheaper and buy off the shelf and though not as affect as having one made for you, it will at least help to protect you. Dentistry also uses mouth-guard styled devices in various procedures. Some aligners wrap around the teeth like a guard, as do bleaching trays for teeth whitening, but you will also be supplied with a mouth-guard if you suffer from excessive teeth grinding.
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Leeds can place a lot of stress on you throughout the average week and so it is lovely to be able to unwind at the end of it all blow off some steam by playing some form of sport. Though if you love the sport, especially if it involves a bit of physicality, then you need to be sure you are protecting yourself properly, especially your teeth and gums. Mouth-guards can greatly reduce the risk of damage not only to these areas, but to your jaws, head, neck and upper back as well so you would be well advised to have one specially made up (as a dentist would if you suffer from teeth grinding). These are very delicate areas of the body we are talking about here and any damage could result in permanent damage for the rest of your life, or if lucky, some very serious surgery to put right. Mouth-guards can be tailored to the specific sport you play and be able to absorb specific types of impacts. Of course, you can buy off the shelf as well, but at least you are protecting yourself on some level
Teeth grinding is probably one of the most devastating conditions the mouth could suffer from and in a demanding place like central Leeds, many people may suffer from it without even realising they do. The causes generally stem from stress that you pick up throughout the day, that aren’t diffused and then taken into bed when you turn in, which is where the grinding process will continue whilst you sleep. A dentist will pick up on the damage quickly because your teeth will start to become worn down: to counter the destruction to your teeth can be remedied by wearing a mouth-guard at night, but this will not halt the grinding or the continuous damage that will result around your upper body if the problem is not stopped quickly. To nip the problem in the bud requires an understanding of what is making you stressed in the first place and you will require a professional to administer stress and possibly anger management in order to get the condition under control, followed by a course of relaxation therapy to help you unwind when you get home at night so that you are completely de-stress by the time you head hits the pillow.
The city of Leeds:- so vibrant, so exciting and so demanding. It’s true that an exciting place such as this can offer you anything you want. However, some of us just want to get the week’s work out of the system by doing something sporty and with this comes the need to look after ourselves- especially if the sport demands a lot of physical contact. The most delicate part of the body that is most vulnerable when it comes to something physical is the head and especially the mouth. So if you really are up for getting your head pummelled, you’d be wise to get yourself a mouth-guard to protect yourself from injury, and hefty dental bills. Seriously, a good mouth-guard could save not only your teeth, gums and jaws, but preserve your head and neck from extended damage. You can buy basic mouth-guards across the counter, but if you are a serious sportsman, then it would be wise to get a bespoke one made and that is tailored for the sport that you do. Though you might be the dentists dream when they send you the bill for restoration work from your injuries, they would really prefer that you take the necessary precautions, so you should maybe sit down with them first before you step into the ring and chat about the options available to you.
Known medically as ‘bruxism’, teeth grinding may seem harmless but can cause serious long term damage to your dental health. Caused by many different factors, it is often difficult to figure out exactly why some people grind their teeth on a regular basis. Although we all grind our teeth at times (it’s part of chewing to an extent) when we do it constant and regularly there can be significant problems.
Teeth grinding will often occur at distinct times for different people: either awake or asleep. You may not be aware you are doing it while you sleep, though your partner may be able to hear the grinding if it is particularly bad. It is difficult to pin point where the subconscious instinct to grind your teeth comes from but it is often linked with stress levels. If it becomes severe your dentist may recommend using a mouth guard at night which will protect your teeth from the constant grind.
When awake it can become habitual instinct to grind your teeth with stress, anxiety or concentration. Mouth guards are obviously much less convenient when awake and so the best method is self-control and trying to becoming consciously aware of when you are doing it.
Your Central Leeds dentist will be able to offer some solutions for teeth grinding. Due to it be a mainly psychological instinct a lot of treatments involve conditioning yourself to stop or training yourself to become aware. Seek help for the problem before your teeth begin to wear away and you will save yourself a lot of dental work that could be avoided.
It is one of the problems that tends to dip below the radar of oral issues because it can go unnoticed for a very long time until it becomes serious- teeth grinding or bruxism, but this is a condition that needs to be addressed quickly in order to stop damage throughout the body. Stress and anger are the two main protagonists here and in a bustling little city like Leeds that places a lot of demands on people, it is rife. A lot of need to de-stress after a heavy day, otherwise we can take this angst into the bedroom and into sleep, and this is where a lot of grinding may well take place. A gum-shield can protect damage to the teeth, but it will not stop damage happening to the jaws, head a neck. Hopefully, with some anger management and stress counselling, these problems can be identified and avoided before they become a problem elsewhere. If however, the problem is allowed to continue, the damage to the jaws and neck (this can also affect the central nervous system) will require some pretty complex surgery to rectify. If you visit your dentist regularly, they should be able to spot any signs of wear in your teeth and then advise you as to which direction you should take in order to stop the grinding getting out of hand.
There are many things that can go wrong with your mouth and so there are many things to be on the lookout for in central Leeds. But it’s not all about the teeth and gums for these are just two parts of the jigsaw- just as important is the jaws. There is a lot of forces that go through the point at where the jaws meet, or to give it the technical term, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Every day, you are chewing and talking- okay these are natural things that the jaws can handle, what you are trying to avoid is over working it or putting it at too much risk. Sports are to be encouraged at all times, but you should also take precautions to protect your jaw at all costs- especially with contact sports. Teeth grinding can also be very dangerous for the jaws and even though, as in sports, a mouth-guard will help to lessen the damage done to the teeth and gums, the forces are still being exerted through biting down on the guard. Overtime this will damage the jaws, neck and upper back and you may also do damage to your hearing and bring on bad headaches. The damage done will require quite complex surgery to put right. If you want to know more about your TMJ, you should get in contact with your dentist.
The temporomandibular joint or TMJ is probably one of the most important yet overworked joint in the body. It is the joint surrounded by tissue and muscle that joins the upper cranium to the lower jaw- you have two, one each side of your mouth. Every day in central Leeds, these joints are working every day, whether it’s by you chewing or talking or clenching, they are on the go all of the time. All dental work is linked to the protection of the TMJ because most treatments that you have, from the placement of a crown to orthodontic work, are designed to ensure the occlusion or ‘bite’ in the mouth remains true, so preventing extra stress being placed on the TMJ. However, one of the greatest enemies of the TMJ is teeth grinding; this can do untold damage to the joints and more throughout the head and neck. Some of the most obvious symptoms that imply the jaw is damaged in some way is problems with chewing, the locking of the jaw, ‘clicking’ whenever the jaw is in motion, facial, ear, head and neck pain and problems in the upper back. Depending how bad the problem is, the jaw will require surgery in order to solve the problem, but any signs of teeth grinding should also be addressed as soon as is possible to stop any further damage. Arthritis is also a problem for the TMJ and you will also be putting yourself at risk if you indulge in contact sports. You have to remember that these are two very tiny joints that you expect to do an awful lot of work, which is why they should be treated with respect.
On a daily basis in Leeds, we put ourselves a risk without even knowing it, yet when we choose to do something risky, like sports, we like to cover ourselves for the risks involved as much as we can. This involves wearing some form of protection to limit the risk of injury, and with contact sports, this should also extend to the wearing of a mouth-guard. The head and neck are very fragile areas of the body and by wearing some form of gum-shield, it can limit the damage to these places. Generally, there are three types of protection you can buy: over-the-shelf/ fit all types, ones which you place in warm water then mould them to your mouth and then bespoke ones that are tailored to you and your sport- these are probably the best because they lessen the forces going through your mouth. Most people would assume that a mouth-guard just protects the teeth and gums….not so. It is designed to protect your jaws too as with contact sports the jaws can take a bit of a battering. If this is protected, it stops further damage going up through the head and then down into the neck and upper back. You can ask your dentist for advice about mouth-guards and between the two of you, you should be able to come up with the best form of protection.
Sport is great fun, a brilliant way of keeping fit and a good way of meeting new people and engaging in social activities. However, most sports carry a risk of injury and it is advisable to take steps to try and reduce the hazard of leaving the field early with a painful knock, sprain or fracture.
Sports injuries are one of the most common causes of tooth damage and tooth loss. Certain sports, including contact sports and martial arts, carry a particularly high risk of dental injury, so it is always a good idea to wear protective equipment to prevent injuries.
How can I prevent a dental injury?
In most cases, the best way of preventing a dental injury is to wear a protective mouth guard. This protects the teeth from direct impact and reduces the risk of teeth being fractured or knocked out. Mouth guards can be custom-made by a dentist to fit the individual perfectly and are available in a range of colours and designs. The procedure to fit a new mouth guard is simple: if you are looking for a custom-made mouth guard in Leeds, one of the City Dental dentists can create an impression of your teeth using dental putty, after which the mould will be sent away to the laboratory and your custom-fitted mouth guard created. The mouth guard is then returned to your dentist, who will check the fit.
Which sports would I need a mouth guard for?
Generally speaking, you should wear a mouth guard if you are playing a contact sport or a sport that involves hard objects or surfaces, or you are taking part in martial arts. Examples of sports to wear mouth guards during include boxing, hockey, lacrosse, rugby and American football.