You have no control over what happens when your asleep, but you don’t have to worry about the negative effects of teeth clenching when wearing a nightguard. Adults and children alike are prone to involuntary teeth grinding and clenching, called bruxism, while sleeping. These motions are very harmful to your teeth’s health because your teeth can be worn down or even cracked, causing pain and various other side effects.
Teeth clenching and grinding can even cause chronic headaches. When you are constantly pressing your teeth together, it can put pressure on your jaw and be a source of tension headaches. Luckily, when you wear a nightguard, some of the pressure can be alieved and you sleep without any aches at all, whether it be your teeth or your head.
These appliances are custom fit to your smile, so you don’t have to worry about any bulky discomfort when you’re trying to sleep. Nightguards prevent your bottom and top teeth from touching so they can’t grind or clench and cause any of these unwanted side effects.
Just as with mouthguards, it’s crucial that you keep this appliance clean. Harmful bacteria can have countless damaging effects on the mouth, with the potential to build plaque and cause gingivitis or even make you sick. You don’t want to put anything unclean in your mouth, so make sure that you brush your mouthguard frequently and let it dry out fully so that it’s not a breeding ground for more bacteria. These appliances are a wonderful tool when handled properly, so make sure you preserve your oral health by taking care of your night guards.
You deserve to rest easy and wake up to a beautiful healthy smile, so come see us today about an easy fix to improve your quality of life.