Night Guards for people who grind their teeth while sleeping
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How to Stop Grinding Teeth at Sleep?

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The formal term used to refer to teeth grinding is Bruxism. Bruxism is a condition whereby one grinds their teeth together during their sleep. It is a serious condition because it could lead to wearing out of the teeth enamel. If the tooth enamel wears out, a tooth becomes weakened and eventually it could crack or break. Symptoms of tooth grinding include strained neck muscles, sensitive and sore teeth, earaches and pain in the jawline.

Night Guards for people who grind their teeth during sleep

Night guards is a word used to refer to Occlusal Splints. They are worn at night to protect the teeth surface from wearing out due to constant grinding and clenching of the teeth. Though, a night guard does not prevent teeth from grinding. A night guard is made using a material that’s not so thick but strong enough to serve its function. The night guard material is usually a durable hard acrylic plastic which withstands grinding of teeth over an extended period.

Before inserting a night guard into the mouth, you should first ensure that your teeth are already brushed and flossed.

To aid in fitting the guard, you should first make it moist under tap water. This exercise maximizes comfort during fitting and minimizes the risk of the damage to are silent portion of the night guard.

For proper insertion, use the forefinger and thumb of both hands to grasp the guard.

Types

There are three types of night guards namely:

Soft Night Guards- This form is suitable for patients who do not clench or glide their teeth on a nightly basis,and when it occurs, the grinding is not of significance. Their material is mainly soft and is not durable as the other types though it performs its functions quite well

Dual Luminate Dental Night Guard-This type gets prescribed to patients with moderate-severe bruxism. Usually, it is hard on the outside but soft on the inside and is more durable compared to the soft night guard.

Hard Dental Night Guard- This one is suitable for patients who have either moderate or severe bruxism and is more durable compared to the other two types as long as it is 2mm thicker than the dual Luminate night guard. The hard dental night guard is sustainable due to the durable hard plastic used throughout the guard.

Cleaning- The night guard also requires regular cleaning for maintenance.

Wash using a liquid hand soap or any other mild toothpaste abrasive recommended by the dentist.

Over the counter denture cleaners containing a maximum of 15-minute soap helps manage the accumulation of minerals and stains.

Brush the night guard under cold water with a soft brush.

Storage

It should best if stored while dry. Drying helps dissipate the cloudy appearance caused by excessive moisture.

It should be stored in a container provided by the dentist or a sealable container such as a Tupperware container.

Storing in a moist dark room could cause growth of harmful bacteria and cause discoloration of the appliance

It is recommended to store it safely away from pets.

For one to get used to a night guard, they should:

Have a dentist start them off with one that has a thin material since it will occupy less space in the mouth and thus it takes a shorter period to get used to it.

Get their dentist to make both the upper and lower night guard so they can wear just one at a time to see which one is more comfortable than the other. Eventually, they are bound to get a thicker one after they have gotten accustomed to the feeling of night guards in the mouth.

Put the guard in their mouths right before they retire to bed thus evading the feeling of it being bothersome while in the mouth.

Durability

Night guards vary in durability a factor contributed to by many factors the main one being the type of night guard. A soft night guard lasts for six months or slightly more while a dual illuminate lasts for9 months up-to more years or more. A hard-dental night guard lasts from 12 months up-to about 12 or more months.

Other than the type of night guard, other factors which affect durability are the extent to which your teeth clench and grind and the patient’s age. Age matters because as a patient continues growing (if young), the guard needs to get changing to accommodate the movement and growth of their teeth.

Durability could be reduced if:

  • The guard is poorly maintained- Washing of a night guard with hot water causes its plastic to get weak,and as a result, it loses shape and fails to fit in the mouth properly.
  • The patient still has it on while eating and drinking-The guard may get discolored,and food particles may stick on it providing a breeding place for viruses and bacteria.

 Though a night guard is a solution to bruxism, there also are other useful methods. Spring’s Best Dental Care  have provided you with more information on night guards.

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