Do you wake to a painful jaw and severe headaches? You might be experiencing bruxism, which is a condition where one grinds, gnashes, or clenches their teeth at night. In most cases, it takes place unconsciously, although, there has been a rise in the cases where bruxism occurs when awake. Although there are no definite studies to explain its cause, most dentists articulate bruxism to stress, and thus curbing the challenge requires the use of a mouth guard. Our dental clinic at Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS provides you with mouth guards and related services, for maximum protection of your teeth.
When to Wear a Mouth Guard
The main signs of bruxism are headaches and severe jaw pain due to repeated clenching and grinding of the teeth. The act of teeth-clenching erodes the tooth enamel, exposing your teeth and mouth to various dental disorders. If you experience these symptoms, it is time to get a mouth guard for while you sleep (also referred to as a night guard), as it can help prevent any possible tooth damage in the future.
Different Types of Mouth Guards
Mouth guards come in three different types to allow you to choose the best one for your needs. Soft mouth guards have a soft material construction that prevents your teeth from hurting once you grind them. Another form is the hard mouth guards that come in hard yet safe material. The American Dentists Association recommends this type for people with extreme bruxism as they will last longer. Lastly, we have a dual laminated design that combines both hard and soft materials. You, therefore, experience comfort to the inside while prolonging its life to the outside.
How Long Should You Wear Night Guard?
You may be wondering if you have to wear a night guard forever, once you have bruxism. It is a common question for dentists. The answer depends on you. Once you feel that bruxism has stopped, you can ask the dentist if you can try sleeping at night without your mouth guard. On average, most night guards have a lifespan of four to 10 ten years.
Can Kids Wear Night Guards?
It might be a worry for any parent when their child grinds their teeth, either while sleeping or awake. Some parents consider getting them over the counter mouth guards to help curb the problem. Even with extreme bruxism, the dentist will not recommend the use of a night guard for your child. The reason for this is their jaw and teeth are developing and with time, children tend to outgrow the habit.
Caring for the Your Mouth Guard
Immediately after use, you should rinse your mouth guard and clean it using a toothbrush.. Upon cleaning, store it in a well-ventilated and dry place. You should also deep clean it at least once a month. Proper cleaning of your mouth guards will prevent bacteria from building up, which might spread to your mouth and cause health risks.
Make an Appointment for Your Customized Mouth Guard
Bruxism does not have to be a problem anymore. We offer fully customized mouth guards at our Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS dental clinic, where you can visit us any time. You can also contact us at (315) 800-5020 for further inquiries and guidance.