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Sleep is usually thought of as a restorative process, however it can sometimes be more stressful than restful. When your teeth grind while you sleep, you can wake up to pain and even experience excessive wear and tear to your teeth. A customized mouthguard can serve you well in this situation and help protect your teeth so you can get a good night’s rest. If you’d like to learn more about customized mouthguards and the benefits they offer our clients, visit us at Henricksen Family Dental - we’re happy to help.
Why are mouthguards important?
One of the main issues with which mouthguards help is teeth grinding. Teeth grinding is a common condition with which many people struggle, and because it occurs while you are unconscious, it is not something that can be easily fixed while you are awake. In this instance, it is more useful to adapt to the issue and prevent as much damage as possible while you attempt to determine the root of the problem. Mouthguards can prevent damage to your teeth and jaw from teeth grinding and help you sleep a bit more easily.
Prevents and Reduces Pain
When you constantly grind your teeth, you might experience a lot of aches and pains around your jaw. Sometimes this pain can even travel up to the back of the ears. This constant discomfort is even more pronounced when speaking for longer periods of time, something that can cause problems at work and leave you unable to communicate with friends and family as much as you might like. A mouthguard can help prevent and reduce this pain so that your daily life is not affected.
Night mouthguards serve as a cushion between your upper and lower jaw, preventing the friction from teeth grinding from causing too much damage. This, in turn, reduces a lot of the potential pain and helps your jaw feel at ease. Mouthguards also help prevent the enamel damage that is common among people with nighttime teeth grinding.
Easy to Wear
The best part about a quality night mouthguard customized for you is that it will be comfortable to wear, relieving pressure on your jaw rather than contributing to it. It's a non-invasive device that slips into your mouth comfortably even on days when you are extremely tired. Because it is not complicated or difficult to wear, mouthguards can fit into even busy schedules with little free time to worry about oral health beyond the basics. Note that it is important to use a mouthguard that has been customized for you - options that are not fitted to your mouth can cause more harm than relief.
If you travel regularly, a night mouthguard is the best option available to protect your teeth while away from home. You can carry it with you no matter where you go, making it easy for you to get a good night’s sleep and wake up refreshed.
If you’d like to learn more about quality night mouthguards, please give us a call at (360) 740-2119 or visit our office at Henricksen Family Dental.