Posted on 2/29/2020 by Amir Sanjabi, DDS
Clenching and grinding teeth, also known as Bruxism, is a damaging activity that can wear out your teeth over time and even lead to cracked and broken teeth eventually.
Clenching can also lead to disorders like TMJ eventually. Fortunately, a high-quality night guard can help alleviate many of these issues and can help keep your teeth and your jaw in better shape over time. That’s why we recommend patients that grind or clench their teeth consider investing in a good night guard.
How A Night Guard Can Help Protect Your Teeth And Jaw Muscles
Night guards come in a variety of types and styles, but they are all built to do the same thing. They safeguard the surfaces of your teeth and dull the force of impact when you clench your teeth. Night guards do this by creating a protective surface between your top and bottom teeth, and by adding in a softer material that will compress slightly when clenched on.
The trick to making a guard work right for you is to find an option that fits well and that you can sleep in properly throughout the night. Once you’ve located the best fit for your mouth you can start to reap the benefits a night guard offers. Night guards won’t work for everyone, but they will improve the dental health of many patients that are known to grind or clench their teeth.
If you’re worried about the health of your teeth due to grinding and clenching, consider adding a night guard into your bedtime routine. Doing so will add protection to your mouth and could help keep your mouth and jaw more comfortable as well. Talk with one of our team members today for suggestions about night guards and to have your teeth evaluated for potential damage as well. We would love to hear from you and answer any dental questions that you have.