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What are Night Guards and Why Are They Important?

July 19, 2021

Tooth clenching and grinding are prevalent oral habits that are classified as nighttime sleep motion disorders. Clenching and grinding can occur subconsciously during the day but most commonly occurs at night. Clenching is the aggressive biting down of the upper and lower jaws together, and grinding is when the jaws move aggressively across each other, causing friction on the tooth surfaces. Nightguards act as a buffer or cushion between the upper and lower teeth to prevent tooth-on tooth trauma.  

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How to Treat Clenching and Grinding

February 3, 2020

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What is Clenching and Grinding? 

These are typically both involuntary functions of the jaw that consist of the jaws biting together with force (clenching) and possibly moving back and forth (grinding.) Both clenching and grinding often occur at night but may occur during the day during stressful periods. If done during the day, it is crucial to notice when these habits are happening and try to stop them. If they occur at night, a nightguard may be useful to prevent damage to the teeth. 

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What is a Nightguard?

January 13, 2020

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A nightguard is a mouth guard used overnight to protect your teeth, jawbones and jaw joints from the wear and tear from nighttime grinding and clenching. The official name for these habits is called “bruxism,” and it affects many more people than you would think. Bruxism is considered a sleep movement disorder. A nightguard is a transparent oral appliance that is made to fit your teeth. It may cover all or a portion of your teeth, depending on the type. They can also be fabricated to be worn on the top or bottom. 

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Do You Need A Night Guard?

December 29, 2015

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mouthguardA night guard made of acrylic and is removable.  It is used to prevent the surfaces of your teeth from grinding together and chipping or fracturing.  It is used to treat bruxism, which is the habitual grinding of the teeth, which can be done either voluntarily or involuntary.  Most grinding usually occurs at night when you are sleeping.

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