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Is A Night Guard Good For Your Oral Health?

Posted on 1/23/2023 by Thomas Mahar
Is A Night Guard Good For Your Oral Health?Both adults and teenagers can experience bruxism. This condition occurs when one clenches or grinds their teeth during sleep. Since this occurs without someone's intentions, it can be challenging to stop it. However, you can control it using a night guard. A night guard plays a vital role in your oral health. Learn some of the benefits of a night guard.

Prevent Teeth Damage

Teeth grinding can result in dental corrosion and the breaking of teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to dental fractures and periodontal diseases. Wearing a night guard prevents teeth from damage. This thin and transparent device is worn over the biting surfaces of the teeth. This way, the bottom and lower rows of the teeth will not grind against each other.

Improves Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Do you experience jaw pain? Chances are you have a temporomandibular joint disorder. This condition happens when the chewing muscles become sore and tight. It can also occur when there is a dysfunction in the joint connecting the skull and the jaw. One of the causes of temporomandibular joint disorder is teeth grinding.

When bruxism impacts the ligaments, nerves, and muscles around the jaw, you'll likely experience pain. The good thing is that you can ease this by using a night guard. This custom-fit appliance helps to adjust the bite, and when you have a balanced bite, the jaw muscles will relax during sleep.

Eases Pain

Facial discomfort and headaches are some of the signs of teeth grinding. Wearing a night guard can ease the pain since it relieves the pressure in the jaws and teeth. Besides, grinding can wear down the teeth' enamel, causing teeth sensitivity. The night guard acts as a cover to the exposed teeth nerves. This prevents the upper and lower row of teeth from touching each other, thus, protecting the sensitive teeth from irritants.

Is teeth grinding affecting the quality of your life? Our dentist will design a custom-fit night guard to protect your oral health.

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