Wearing a Night Guard Is More Important to Your Oral Health Than You Might Realize

Do you grind your teeth while you sleep? This condition is known as bruxism and it's pretty common. Thankfully, a night guard can help prevent damage. Night guards are typically custom-fitted and worn on your teeth to protect them from grinding while you sleep.   

Here at Dentistry at Kennesaw Point in Kennesaw and Tucker, Georgia, Dr. Kyandukhta Kalantari wants you to know how important wearing a night guard is to your oral health. Here are five benefits a night guard can provide.

Benefit #1: Tooth protection 

Grinding your teeth while you sleep can damage your teeth, which wears them down over time. Bruxism can lead to these dental problems:

Benefit #2: Jaw protection

Nighttime teeth grinding and jaw clenching can strain your jaw and the jaw’s temporomandibular joint, leaving it sore and tender the next day. Over time, grinding can lead to a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder, which causes pain and could lead to reduced mobility of your jaw. 

Wearing a night guard can protect your jaw by reducing the friction, pressure, and strain on the muscles and joints in your jaw.

Benefit #3: Protection from gum recession

Your gums help hold your teeth in place and protect them from bacteria. Grinding can cause gums to recede, leaving them vulnerable to decay and sensitivity to heat and cold.

Wearing a night guard can protect your gums and prevent a recession. 

Benefit #4: Less snoring and better sleep 

Although snoring isn’t a dental problem, failing to get a good night’s sleep can have a negative impact on your overall health.

A night guard can help correct mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which your upper airway gets blocked during sleep. Having obstructive sleep apnea can lead you to experience multiple brief wakeups during the night that leave you feeling exhausted the next day.

Wearing a night guard can improve airflow, reduce snoring, and improve your sleep. It can also lead to less noisy snoring, which benefits you and your sleep partner.

Benefit #5: Fewer headaches

Tooth grinding can lead to soreness in the temporalis muscle on the side of your head. In some people, chronic tenderness and strain in this muscle can lead to annoying headaches.

Wearing a night guard could prevent headache-inducing stress on your temporalis muscle.

Find out whether a night guard could help you

If you grind your teeth, a night guard could help protect your dental health. To schedule a night guard consultation with Dr. Kalantari, visit us online today. 

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