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Benefits of Night Guards


Posted on 12/10/2021 by Santa Clarita Advance Dentistry
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When we say night guards, we are not talking about Bruce Wayne dressed up as Batman, guarding Gotham city at night. By the way, have you guys ever noticed that superheroes cause a lot of damage to the cities they protect? Food for thought ladies and gentlemen.

Night guards are like retainers but stronger. Custom guards are best, as they will fit like a glove. Guards help protect your teeth while you sleep. A lot of people unknowingly grind their teeth while they sleep, causing unnecessary wear and tear, this also known as bruxism.

Below, we will discuss the benefits of night guards. But first, how can you know if you’re grinding or clenching your teeth at night?

Signs of Teeth Grinding and Clenching:


Below are some signs that you might be grinding and/or clenching your teeth while you sleep.
•  Headaches when you first wake up.
•  Sore or tight jaw or facial muscles.
•  Chipped teeth.
•  A feeling of “loose” teeth.
•  Discomfort when chewing.
•  Lastly, your dentist or hygienist might mention your teeth showing signs of grinding.

Here are the benefits of night guards:


•  Less Snoring – Who would have thought right? It turns out that guards create a narrow passage between your jaws. Consequently, increasing airflow and allowing you to breathe better. So, ladies if your husband keeps up at night with his heavy snoring, a night guard might be the perfect remedy.
•  Saves You Money – Purchasing a guard early on is a great investment. The damage your teeth sustain from grinding and clenching could lead to costly dental bills down the road. For example, bridges, crowns, root canals and dentures are common for those who suffer from bruxism.
•  Less Tooth and Jaw Pain – Above, we mentioned how headaches and discomfort when chewing can be signs of bruxism. Having custom made night guards can eliminate those problems.
•  Prevents Tooth Damage – Teeth grinding causes teeth to lose enamel. Enamel loss leads to over-sensitive teeth. Secondly, grinding also causes preexisting fillings to become damaged. You may even break or chip your fillings.
•  Improved Quality of Sleep – Not just because of the lack of snoring. When the muscles of your mouth are tense, you are also likely to be tense as you sleep. Night guards will eliminate the tenseness and allow for more comfortable sleep.




Conclusion


In summary, we’ve learned some benefits of night guards. Also, we’ve questioned the amount of damage that superheroes cause in the quest for justice/vengeance. But now we’re going to talk about your options when it comes to night guards.

You really have two options. First, you can find night guards at drug stores. The “boil and bite” type. These guards are less expensive but more generic. They are less effective than custom made night guards, manufactured by professionals. High school football players might be familiar with these. You boil them in water until they become soft, then you bite down to create an impression. The downside is that they are bulky and not comfortable for sleeping. However, if you’re going to a fight or football game, these are a good bet.

Next, your second option is to get custom made guards by your dentist. These will fit like a glove. Many people fear that they might swallow them while they sleep. But like the video above suggests, you need two hands to remove them, and are extremely unlikely to ever swallow them while you sleep. The quality of these night guards is second to none. They can last you many years, depending on your grinding habits.

Guards do absorb bacteria which leads to wear and tear. We recommend taking them to your dentist once a year, so they tell you if you need a new one.

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