Dental Night Guards: Why you need one

Are you one of the millions of people who grind their teeth at night? Are you tired of waking up with jaw pain? Then it might be time for a dental night guard.

Who needs a dental night guard?
Those who may clench or grind their teeth should have a night guard to prevent damage. This includes children and adults of all ages. Typically these are worn at night while sleeping. Often times people do not realize they are damaging their teeth, so a night guard is recommending to any one.

What happens if you grind your teeth with no guard?
When a person grinds their teeth with no guard it causes the teeth to flatten and become brittle. Prolonged grinding can be so intense that it causes nerve pain and sensitivity. Think of it as putting a ten thousand pound weight on your jaw. Over time this wears on the teeth, and leads to cracks and loss of teeth.

How do you know if you grind your teeth?
Because it is often done while sleeping, many people do not realize they grind their teeth. However, there are several signs that one is grinding their teeth. Indicators of teeth grinding include: pain in your back, ears, and neck. These can often be associated with other health issues, so it is important to have regular dental check ups.

How long until I feel relieve once using a dental night guard?
It depends on the type of mouth guard, and the severity of grinding. In some cases people will find relieve immediately upon use. On occasion some have reported in order to find relieve they must wear a guard night and day. Those who have poor fitted guards may experience a less effective result. It is important to know that on average the most positive results often occur within 3-5 days of the first use.

What type of dental guards are out there?
There are three general types of mouth guards for your teeth. The already fitted stock guard is inexpensive and usually available at local retailers. These are already preformed and generally one size fits most. Then, there are dental mouth guards you boil and shape to your teeth. These can also be found at local retailers and offer a better fit. Lastly, a specially made dental night guard is highly recommended overall. These are custom fitted to a persons mouth and provide the most protection. Ask your dentist today which guard is right for you!

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