Bruxism is a common issue for a lot of adults as well as for children. The grinding and clenching can be brought on by stress or certain medications. People with type A personality traits often exhibit the symptoms. If you are diagnosed as a “bruxer” your dentist may recommend that you wear a night guard to prevent damage from the continual pressure on your tooth enamel.

A night guard is not to be confused with a sports mouth guard which is meant to absorb the shock of a blunt force trauma to the mouth. A sports mouth guard is thicker and is made to cover the entire jaw area while the purpose of the night guard is to protect the surface of the teeth. You could try wearing a sports mouth guard to protect your teeth overnight but the bulk and discomfort could keep you from falling asleep.

Your custom made mouth guard will be designed to fit precisely using a dental impression that your dentist will take of your mouth. The guard should be kept clean using a mild soap and a toothbrush and stored in a sturdy ventilated container. Bring it with you to regularly scheduled dental appointments so that your dentist can examine it for damage.

The American Dental Association has determined that “An athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouthguard!” Don’t be a statistic, call Benson Hill Smiles @ 425-559-9519 in Renton, WA today.

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