As many as 15% of adults in the United States grind their teeth while they sleep. This condition, referred to as bruxism, can affect the health of your teeth and lead to oral health issues, such as sensitivity and tooth decay. The dental experts at Horizon Family Dental Care, with locations in Baltimore, Clinton, and Hanover, Maryland, offer night guards to help protect your teeth while you sleep. To schedule a consultation to see if you would benefit from having a night guard, call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.
Night Guards Q & A
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition in which you unknowingly grind or clench your teeth. You can grind your teeth while you’re awake or asleep. There are many reasons you may grind your teeth, including stress or an underlying health condition such as gastroesophageal reflux disease.
When left untreated, bruxism not only causes damage to your teeth, but may also increase your risk of developing tension headaches, facial pain, and temporomandibular joint disease. Wearing a night guard while you sleep may help protect your teeth and prevent complications.
How Do I Know if I Need a Night Guard?
Your dental specialist at Horizon Family Dental Care can determine if you would benefit from a night guard after evaluating your teeth and reviewing your other symptoms. If they recommend a night guard, your dental specialist makes a mold of your teeth to create your night guard. A night guard usually only covers your bottom teeth.
The night guards provided by the team at Horizon Family Dental Care are custom-made to fit your teeth snugly for a comfortable fit and are durable enough to withstand your nightly grinding.
The night guards offered at Horizon Family Dental Care aren’t for snoring.
Do I Have to Wear the Night Guard All the Time?
Your dental specialist at Horizon Family Dental Care determines when you need to wear your night guard. However, in general, you should wear your night guard every night while you sleep to protect your teeth from wear and tear. Without a night guard, the continuous grinding may wear away so much of your enamel that it increases your risk of dental decay, as well as tooth sensitivity.
How Do I Care for My Night Guard?
Every morning after you remove your night guard from your mouth, you should brush it with mild soap or soak it in mild soapy water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to remove any soapy residue.
Store your night guard in the container provided by your dental specialist at Horizon Family Dental Care. This container has openings that help the air circulate to keep your night guard dry.
Be sure to bring your night guard to every cleaning and dental exam for inspection and adjustments as needed for proper fitting.
Teeth grinding can lead to dental issues. To see if you would benefit from a night guard, call Horizon Family Dental Care today or book an appointment online.