You probably wouldn’t know it straight away, but many dentists in Billericay incorporate and also advocate the use of mouth-guards in their work, and in your work recreationally. Modern aligning treatments look more like gum-shields these days than the more traditional images we have of a mouthful of metal to manipulate the teeth into line. Teeth grinding also poses danger to the teeth and a way of remedying this wear to the jaws and the teeth themselves is to fit a mouth-guard. They are also used after certain operations in the mouth to prevent further damage occurring and allowing the healing process to take place. But the greatest use of a mouth-guard can be found in sport, especially contact sport. A well made guard can be the difference between a minor injury and a serious one, protecting the jaw and its teeth and gums, as well as damage to the neck. Getting the right one is obviously important and so you should always consult with your dentist: as much as a dentist would like and does like your custom, there is a very good reason behind why a dentist will help you with your choice to prevent injury. The first prime directive behind a dentist’s work is to protect your teeth from falling into decay and to limit and repair any damage to your mouth. Of course, the other reason is they will be having to patch you up after you’ve done 12 rounds with Evander Holyfield due to a dodgy gum-shield; they’d rather you protect your teeth in the first place. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.