Taking good care of your teeth is one of the most important things you can do for your health. If you are someone who grinds your teeth at night, you may be damaging them and causing many other health issues. Night guards can not only help protect your teeth, but also help improve your sleep quality.
What are Night Guards?
Night guards are small pieces of plastic that are custom made for your teeth. They are made to fit snugly. They are very small and do not feel bulky in your mouth. Often, they are made of clear plastic, which is great news for people who are self-conscious about their teeth.
Who Needs to Wear a Night Guard?
Anyone who grinds their teeth can benefit from wearing a night guard to help them from wearing down their enamel. You only get one set of permanent teeth, and fixing the damage caused by tooth grinding can be both expensive and painful. Wearing a night guard is a very easy preventative measure that can save you a lot of time, money, and discomfort down the road.
Top Reasons to Wear a Night Guard
A dentist can tell you if you would benefit from a night guard, and exactly what it can do for you. Here are some of the top reasons people wear them:
While wearing a night guard, your teeth cannot grind against each other, no matter how much they may want to. This helps to prevent chipping, cracking, and wearing down. If grinding is not prevented, the nerves of your teeth may be exposed, which can be incredibly painful.
TMJ, which stands for temporomandibular joint disorder, can be caused by intense teeth grinding or jaw clenching. This leads to a sore jaw and a severe headache. If left untreated, it can advance to the point that a person has trouble speaking, eating, and even opening their mouth.
Even if you do not have TMJ, grinding your teeth can leave you with a headache and tooth pain in the morning. Since it is not known what triggers this behavior, your best option is to stop your body from being able to do it. After wearing a night guard for just a few nights, you will notice an improvement.
How Long Does a Night Guard Last?
Although you can buy a Night Guard at your local pharmacy, it will likely only last you a few months, maybe a year if you are lucky. By having one made professionally by a dentist, you will be making an investment into something that can last your for years, if not decades. Just be sure to store it in a safe place!
Contact one of our offices in either Indian Harbour Beach or Rockledge, FL today to schedule your consultation! The professionals at Brevard Smiles will be happy to speak with you.