Many people require mouth guards when they go to sleep because they grind their teeth while they sleep. Teeth grinding. or bruxism as it is often called, is a common condition in which patients grind or clench their teeth, and in most cases are not aware they are doing it. According to the Sleep Foundation, teeth grinding has a prevalence of about 8 percent to 31.4 percent. The effects that result from teeth grinding may include headaches, tooth damage, and jaw pain. Our doctors at Smiles of Groton can help you find the right mouth guard for nighttime, or night guards, as they are sometimes called. Mouth guards can also be used to prevent you from snoring and prevent sleep apnea. Whatever the need for a nightguard, you can always find the right option by consulting with a dentist.
What Are The Types Of Mouth Guards For Wearing At Night?
There are several options available to you if you require a night guard for your specific need. Your dentist will be best placed to help you choose the right fit for you that will correct the condition that is preventing you from having a good night's sleep. Stock mouth guards are the most available and affordable night guard available to patients. They are in various sizes and your doctor will help you find the one that fits you. Most night guards cover your top teeth.
Boil and bite mouth guards are customizable night guards that come in one size. You personalize them according to your teeth by boiling them first and later biting them until they fit your teeth.
The third type of night guard is the custom-made night guard. You can get this at your dentist's office where the mold of your teeth will be taken and a mouth guard that perfectly matches the structure of your mouth and teeth is created. They provide a more comfortable fit option and are harder to dislodge while sleeping. Your dentist will help to fit the night guard according to your specific needs.
Can I Wear A Mouth Guard If I Wear Braces?
An injury to the face may cause damage to braces; if you have, a mouth guard that is fitted well is important if you wear braces. A dentist or orthodontist will guide you on the best mouth guard to give you protection for your mouth.
How Do I Take Care Of My Mouth Guard?
Oral hygiene is important and by doing so you are protected from bacteria. Wash your mouth guard with water and mild soap and toothbrush then rinse it with cold water. Use a perforated container to store or transport a mouth guard for air circulation and damage prevention. The mouth guard can be put in clean water if it is acrylic. The mouth guard should be stored in cool temperatures so that it maintains its shape. A mouth guard should go through physical examination for wear, in case of tears and holes, and if it is loose so that it can be replaced.
If you need a mouth guard for to protect your mouth while you sleep, or you are unsure if your current mouth guard is still in good shape, Smiles of Groton can help you. To learn more about mouth guards call us here today at (351) 251-1230. You can get more information or schedule an appointment at our office.