It can be hard for someone to know ifthey are grinding or clenching their teeth during the night as theyare asleep at the time. That's just one more reason why visiting yourdentist is always a wise decision. If you grind or clench your teeth,chances are your dentist will prescribe to you a custom mouth guardto help alleviate some discomfort and to cushion your teeth and jaw.Here is everything to know about dental guards and how they can helpyou while you sleep.
What exactly do dental guards do?
There are many different types ofdental guards, but the most common absorb pressure from clenchingjaws while sleeping. And when the upper and lower teeth cannot touch,the muscles that control the jaw relax, releasing pressure.
How does it work?
It's simple! You go to your dentistoffice and make impressions to get a custom guard made. Then you putit in when you are sleeping, and wake up with no pain.
How do I care for it?
You have to brush your guard afterevery use. Brush it with your typical toothpaste and toothbrush, andonce a week or so you can soak it in a mix of water and special guardcleaner to get rid of built-up stains.
Can I talk while wearing a mouthguard?
Yes! The better the fit, the easier itwill be to talk. So it's best to always get a custom device ratherthan a store-bought one. Plus, a proper guard will last much longerthan a typical plastic one, giving you more bang for your buck.
In the realm of dentistry, mouth guardsare a great way to alleviate pain and discomfort with little to noeffort from the patient. If you are waking up with headaches and/or asore jaw and teeth every morning, call us today and get fitted foryour mouth guard at no time at all.