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Close up of a simple mouthguard being held up by an excited white womanA mouthguard is suitable for people who clench and grind their teeth at night. This condition is referred to as bruxism. It is an annoying and unpleasant condition because it damages your teeth. Do you suffer from bruxism? Visit Frankart Family Dental to get a mouthguard to protect your teeth against grinding.

Benefits of Mouthguards

Mouthguards shield your teeth from damage and prevent plaque build up. It's good to note that night mouthguards are different from sports mouthguards. While a sports mouthguard protects your teeth and gums from injuries, a night mouthguard reduces teeth clenching and grinding. It's advisable not to wear a sports mouthguard at night because it inhibits saliva from reaching the gums and holds bacteria on the gum's surface. Saliva is essential as it plays a vital role in the mouth by neutralizing acids that can lead to cavities. Besides, saliva removes all food particles from the mouth, preventing plaque formation.

Many night mouthguards feature perforations that allow saliva to reach the gums and teeth. Before you purchase a mouthguard , it is important to consult your dentist, who will advise you on the best mouthguard to buy for optimal teeth protection. Mouthguards help to avoid chronic headaches. This is because the most typical bruxism symptom is a severe headache caused by tense muscles in the neck, jaw, shoulders, and lips. Recurring headaches due to tensing can be avoided by wearing a custom-made night mouthguard.

Different Types of Mouthguards

There are three types of night mouthguards: hard mouthguards, over-the-counter mouthguards, and custom-made mouthguards. Custom-made night mouthguards are the most widely used and prevalent since they provide a personalized alternative. They are made by taking impressions of your teeth and sending them to the dental lab for molding. Dentists use premium materials and advanced manufacturing methods to make a mouthguard for you. As a result, these guards are more durable, pleasant, and customizable.

Over-the-counter mouthguards are tailor-made guards to fit any mouth. They are available in a variety of sizes and forms, including boil-and-bite mouthguards that you can soften with hot water for a snug fit. If you wear a night mouthguard for a prolonged period, it can shift your bite; hence it's not advisable to use them for an extended period.

Hard mouthguards, on the other hand, are suitable for people with severe teeth clenching and grinding and TMJ because they help treat these problems. These mouthguards also aid in relieving tension in your jaw muscles by stopping teeth from slipping. Hard night mouthguards are sturdy and durable because they are made using acrylic materials.

How to Pick the Right Night Mouthguard

Your mouthguard's main function is to prevent teeth clenching and grinding. Therefore, it's advisable to have a comfortable mouthguard since an uncomfortable one is dangerous as you won't enjoy or want to wear it. Additionally, the type of mouthguard that is best for you depends on your oral condition. The best night mouthguards are custom fitted because they are created using an impression of your teeth. Frankart Family Dental can customize an ideal mouthguard for you. Call us today at (513) 809-1366 for more inquiries.
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