A Night Guard Can Protect Your Teeth While You Sleep

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A night guard is a simple and inexpensive solution to nighttime teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, which is both painful and harmful to teeth if not corrected. While bruxism is a common issue, and one that you may not even realize you struggle with, it can have long-term negative effects on our oral health, including broken teeth, loss of tooth enamel, and in extreme cases, loss of teeth. 

According to the Sleep Foundation, approximately 8% of adults in America suffer from bruxism, and that number is only increasing as everyday stressors continue to grow. Grinding is harmful to your mouth and can cause embarrassment, pain, and poor sleep. For those who suffer from bruxism, there are solutions available. Purchasing a guard will allow you to have a barrier between your teeth that will soften the impacts of teeth grinding on your teeth and jaw. 

What is a night guard?

As mentioned above, bruxism can be both dangerous and painful, but luckily it is also easy to combat using a night guard, which is an over-the-counter device that serves as a barrier between your teeth. Most guards are made from a rubber-like material and come in a variety of styles and sizes to ensure a comfortable fit. Once you have obtained a guard, it’s as easy as making sure that it fits snuggly over your teeth and that you are happy with the thickness and texture. When in place, it will allow for a layer of protection for your teeth and jaws against any grinding that is happening while you sleep. It is typical to use a night guard that only covers your upper row of teeth; this allows for a comfortable fit and reduces the risk of discomfort from overcrowding. 

There are a few types of guards, and you can select the one that is best for your scenario. The most common and the most affordable option is a boil-to-bite mouth guard, which can be found at most drug stores and pharmacies. These mouth guards allow you to achieve a personalized fit and are simple to use. Once you’ve purchased your mouthguard, you boil according to the instructions, then mold to your teeth. This will ensure a snug and comfortable fit. While bite-to-boil mouth guards provide relief, you will be able to achieve the best fit with a custom guard fitted by your general dentist, who will take an impression of your teeth to create a custom guard expertly fitted to your mouth. Investing in a custom mouthguard is a simple solution to combat the negative effects of grinding. Care is also relatively easy, and you simply need to ensure that you are frequently rinsing your guard and avoid eating or drinking while it is in place. 

Teeth grinding, especially while sleeping, can have lasting, negative effects; however, using this is a simple and inexpensive way to ensure that you are getting a sound sleep and protecting your teeth and jaws. 

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