Why Would I Need a Mouth Guard?

Why Would I Need a Mouth Guard?

Grinding and clenching your teeth in your sleep, a condition known as bruxism, can adversely affect your health and quality of life. You may not be aware that you are grinding your teeth at night, but the symptoms will tell a different story. Main Street Dental Smiles is proud to offer custom-made mouthguards to protect your smile. You’ll wake up rested and feeling better than ever!

Bruxism: An Overview

Bruxism is a condition characterized by tooth grinding or jaw clenching during sleep. It often accompanies sleep disorders, including snoring or sleep apnea. Bruxism is often a result of stress, worry, an abnormal bite, or crooked or missing teeth. Its symptoms include morning headaches, fatigue, earaches, jaw pain, tooth pain, gum recession, or chipped, fractured, or worn teeth.

Why Would You Need a Mouthguard?

The best and most effective way to prevent oral health damage due to grinding and clenching your teeth during sleep is to wear a mouthguard called a night guard or a nocturnal bite plate. The oral appliance fits over your teeth, similar to a retainer.

When it comes to clenching your teeth, the dental night guard reduces the pressure exerted on your upper and lower jaw. It also provides a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth, minimizing the devastating effects of teeth grinding.

What Are the Types of Mouthguards?

Here are the types of mouthguards available to you:

  • Stock Mouthguards: These pre-made teeth guards are available for purchase from your local drugstore or sporting goods store. They come in different sizes, ready to wear. However, they don’t usually provide a proper fit and may be bulky and uncomfortable.
  • Boil and Bite Mouthguards: These customizable mouthguards are also available for purchase over the counter. You’ll need to place your mouthguard in hot water then mold it to your teeth. While boil and bite night guards provide a better fit than their stock counterparts, they may also be bulky and uncomfortable.
  • Custom-Fitted Mouthguards: Custom mouth protectors, made from impressions of your mouth, are the best fitting and most protective type of mouthguard available. They are comfortable and will never obstruct your breathing.

Mouthguards in Whitesboro, TX

Visit Main Street Dental Smiles to learn more about protecting the health of your smile with our state-of-the-art custom-made mouthguards. It’s time you enjoyed a refreshing, restful night’s sleep free of grinding and pain! Call us at 903-564-3451 to schedule your appointment today!

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