One of the more common dental problems is known as bruxism, or grinding of teeth. Over time, bruxism can destroy teeth if it’s not properly treated. One method of treatment is to use a night guard when going to bed. If you’ve been told you have bruxism, a night guard could make a world of difference.
Why Bruxism Can Be Serious
Chronic bruxism can lead to broken teeth and a loss of the protective enamel that coats teeth. It can even result in broken teeth if not treated. If you tend to wake up with soreness in your face and/or jaws or a dull headache, or you wake up feeling fatigued, bruxism may be the reason.
How a Night Guard Works
As the name implies, a night guard is a device that acts as a barrier between your upper and lower teeth. It goes by several other names as well, including a nocturnal bite plate, mouth guard, bite splint or dental guard. It cushions your jaw muscles, keeping them from becoming too tense during the night.
Your dentist will show you the right night guard to fit your mouth exactly right. It will take some getting used to, but eventually it will simply become another part of your nighttime routine.