Mouthguards - Night Guard
If you have not seen a mouthguard in action, we know that you might be a little apprehensive. You might not understand how mouthguards would benefit you at all. However, we are here to tell you that mouthguards might be your new best friend. They can solve all sorts of nighttime issues you might have. If you are not sure how mouthguards could help you, give BayView Dental a minute to talk to you about the importance of mouthguards that you can wear at night.
What Is A Mouthguard I Can Wear at Night?
If you have children, or you are an athlete, you may have seen mouthguards that athletes wear to protect their teeth and gums while they play. These sports mouthguards work to spread out the energy from a hit to the mouth across all of the teeth and gums, which means all of the teeth take the hit - which works to minimize any damage to the teeth and gums.
Mouthguards are made of plastic. The plastic is molded to fit your teeth and gums to protect them. There are two types of night mouthguards. One is made of softer plastic that bends. The other type of night mouthguard is made of harder plastic.
Night mouthguards might not be as common as sports mouthguards, but they can help you save your teeth and jaws. They may even improve your sleep.
Why Would I Need a Mouthguard?
It is easy to understand why athletes need a mouthguard. However, you might not think about why a mouthguard might be important at night. There are lots of reasons why you might need a mouthguard to use during the night. You might have bruxism. Bruxism is when people clench their teeth or grind them at night.
Often, people who have bruxism have much anxiety, or they are under much stress. If you are anxious or stressed, you may take it out on your teeth and gums. You might notice if you have bruxism because of how you feel when you wake up. For example, you may wake up with a headache. You also might feel pain in your teeth, gums, or jaws. Over time, if you clench or grind your teeth, you will have tooth damage. Your teeth might break or crack. You may also damage any crowns, bridges, or veneers you have.
If you wear a night mouthguard, your guard will be made to specifically protect your teeth. It will protect your teeth when you are clenching or grinding your teeth. You may notice the changes in your sleep right away once you start wearing a night mouthguard. You may sleep more deeply. You shouldn’t have any more jaw pain. You also might not have headaches when you wake up. How great would that be? If you are interested in mouthguards for nighttime use, give BayView Dental a call today at one of our 7 convenient locations. We would love to talk to you about how important nightguards are for your dental health and your overall health.