Should You Wear Dental Night Guards?

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A common problem that many people suffer from is bruxism, or teeth grinding. Many people do this during the day and can control the problem. Unfortunately, many also do this at night during sleep. If you’ve ever woken up to painful jaws, sensitive teeth or sore gums, then you may be grinding your teeth while you’re sleeping. Read on to see if dental night guards are right for you.

Painful Jaws

If you’ve ever noticed that your jaws ache when you wake up, there’s a good chance you are clenching your jaws during sleep. The jaw muscles are able to exert a tremendous amount of force when you clench so it’s no wonder why you would have pain after an entire night of doing this. Dental night guards can act as a cushion between your upper and lower jaws, preventing you from clenching so tightly. Eventually, you will need to replace the guards. Just keep in mind your teeth are not replaceable.

Enamel Erosion

You’ve probably been told that enamel is the hardest substance in your body. Even so, this substance can become eroded with constant nightly teeth grinding or bruxism. Bruxism wears away at the enamel leading to exposed dentin. If left untreated, the nerves in the tooth will be exposed, causing a large amount of pain. It’s possible that your dentist will have to extract the tooth once it gets to this point. The best way to avoid bruxism and the problems it causes, is to simply wear night guards. The barrier they create will prevent you from grinding and wearing down your teeth.

Snoring

Snoring is a common problem. It is difficult to get a good night’s sleep and be well rested if you snore. Not only do you not get much needed sleep, but you’re probably keeping others awake as well. Many people who snore also suffer from sleep apnea which is a condition where you actually stop breathing for a short amount of time. That is a frightening thought! Dental night guards can be used to help you to breathe better and prevent snoring.

The reality is that many people live fast-paced and stressful lives. This stress can have a very negative effect on your teeth if you are a tooth grinder. Do yourself a favor and check into getting dental night guards to save your teeth. You will be glad you did!

Call us at (480) 306-5506 to learn more about dental night guards and if they are right for you?

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