What Can Wearing a Night Guard Do?

A night guard can reduce pressure from teeth grinding and prevent several issues from occurring due to it. It keeps your top and bottom teeth from being in direct contact with one another, stopping the damage from grinding your teeth at night.

Some night guards are designed to help with snoring and sleep apnea as well. They pull your tongue and lower jaw forward to open your airway to reduce snoring. Wearing a night guard to bed can do the following:

  • Stop jaw clenching and teeth grinding
  • Decrease snoring
  • Enhance airflow
  • Promote healthier sleep

Common Symptoms from Bruxism

Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, occurs subconsciously at night while you sleep. This condition is quite common but can also be painful and destructive to your teeth. If you have a sleeping partner, they might let you know if you have bruxism, but you’ll also know by looking out for the common symptoms of it:

  • Fatigue
  • Sore jaws
  • Headaches
  • Face pain
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Caring for Your Night Guard

Your night guard can quickly become damaged if you don’t properly care for it. Not only that but failing to clean it often can expose you to harmful bacteria that can harm your oral health. Make sure to always brush and floss before putting in your night guard, rinse it after every use, and store it in a case with ventilation. It’s also a good idea to replace it about every three years.

Do You Need Quality, Custom Night Guards in Hialeah, FL?

Don’t allow the effects of bruxism, sleep apnea, or TMD to keep you from having a good night’s sleep. With custom night guards from Best Dentistry Miami, you can sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed. Give us a call if you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment!

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