A night guard, or mouth guard if you will, is a dental appliance that is fabricated for patients at their dentist. To many, wearing a mouth guard to bed at night might seem silly or even unnecessary, but you will have a better appreciation after you learn a few things about them.
If you suffer nightly tooth grinding or jaw clenching, you know just how uncomfortable the side effects can be. There are a variety of symptoms associated with night grinding including morning headaches, tender jaw and sensitive teeth. The good news is night guards can make a huge difference in alleviating these problems. A night guard prevents the upper and lower teeth from coming in contact. This lessens the effect of clenching and grinding.
Night guards are also an important factor in the prevention of costly tooth damage. The habit of grinding your teeth night after night can lead to damaged fillings, chipped teeth and even the unnecessary wear of the teeth. The effects of teeth grinding (bruxism) can be devastating on teeth and can wear them down tremendously. This may result in tooth sensitivity and the need for dental crowns and bridges. A small investment in a night guard will save you money in tooth repairs down the road.
It’s amazing how well you will sleep when you experience the comfort of a night guard. A mouth guard positions your jaw in a fashion that helps your muscles relax, so you enjoy a good night’s rest. If you don’t wear a night guard you can experience damage to the joint and muscles of the jaw from constant tension. These can have serious and lasting effects and also cause pain which can hamper your productivity through the day.
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