Night Guards: Your One-Stop Solution Against Teeth Grinding

Night Guards: Your One-Stop Solution Against Teeth Grinding

Posted by Dr. Cannon on Apr 27 2021, 10:42 PM

According to the National Library of Medicine, 8% to 31.4% of adults are said to suffer from teeth grinding or bruxism, a condition that can gradually damage teeth and cause bone damage. The condition is caused due to a variety of reasons, including stress, anxiety, habit, or a coping mechanism. Dentists prescribe Night Guards to help people cope with the ill effects of the condition. In this blog, we will look at every aspect of Night Guards, their pros and cons, and tips to regularly use them.

Night Guards: The Basics

Nightguards are also known as dental guards, bite splints, bite plates, or mouth guards and offer one essential function as explained by the American Dental Association - they are the barrier between your upper and lower teeth and take away the adverse effects caused by grinding. There are three main types of night guards.

  • Soft Night Guards:As the name suggests, they are helpful for medium to moderate teeth grinders. Although they are not known for durability, they certainly have a few advantages. They’re cheap, easy to use, and offer a comfortable fit.
  • Hard Night Guards:Made from acrylic, these guards are strong and withstand even the most fervent teeth grinders. They are durable and protect the teeth from shifting.
  • Dual Laminate Guards:These are soft on the inside and rough on the outside. They offer protection against moderately high teeth grinding. They last longer and offer better longevity than soft night guards.

Other types seen in the market include the off-the-shelf ones and boil and bite mouthguards, which require you to boil and put them on when they soften.

How to make the most out of your mouthguard?

Since you are likely to use a mouthguard for long hours, here are a few things you need to do to make the most out of your night guards.

  • Brush and floss every day before you put your night guard on.
  • Clean your nightguard after every use with toothpaste and brush.
  • Ensure there is no wear and tear.
  • Take your night guard next time you visit your dentist so that they can assess whether it is a perfect fit.
  • Ensure you keep the night guard away from the reach of children or pets.

Teeth grinding can cause a lot of problems to your mouth. In case you are suffering from the condition, call us at (801) 2743889 or visit Pinnacle Dental, Salt Lake City, UT, to get yourself tested and get the best fix possible.

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