Are you experiencing frequent tooth pain, sore jaw, or dull headaches? You may be experiencing Bruxism or TMJ which is a common condition of teeth grinding and jaw clenching while asleep. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms frequently, one of the common solutions for this pain is wearing a night guard. A night guard is a device placed in the mouth on top of the teeth to help with grinding and clenching. Read below to learn more about the benefits of wearing a night guard and how to maintain its use.
Benefits of Wearing a Night Guard
Night guards are one of the most common treatments for bruxism or TMJ. Although they don’t stop you from clenching or grinding, they can serve as a cushion so that your teeth wear down the guard rather than your teeth. Your dentist will design your night guard specifically for your teeth in a way that reduces the stress placed on your jaw joints and muscles. They re-establish your natural space and protect your teeth from grinding or clenching together, which can cause you to chip and crack your teeth and strain your jaw muscles.
Regularly wearing a night guard can help you:
- Experience less jaw tension and oral pain
- Prevent tooth damage
- Improve sleep patterns
- Save money
- Prevent snoring
Maintaining Your Night Guard
When maintaining your night guard, you should practice a cleansing and storage routine to ensure it’s safe and sanitary for use.
- Rinse immediately after wearing
- Brush the guard with your toothbrush
- Lay your night guard on a clean surface to dry completely
- Always store your night guard in a case
- Keep your case clean
- Deep clean your night guard weekly
- Bring your night guard to your dental appointments for potential adjustments