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Night Guards

Want to know one excellent way to combat the bothersome habit of nighttime bruxism, or teeth grinding? The use of a night guard - every time you sleep.

If you think the trouble or expense of a dental night guard isn't worth it, or you aren't even entirely sure it's tooth-grinding behind what seem to be increasingly shorter teeth, headaches, jaw pain and a perturbed sleep partner, it's probably time to visit your dentist.

Based on the amount of damage you may have already done and the symptoms you describe, your dentist can determine whether a night mouth guard is right for you.

Once your dentist determines that you're a good candidate for a night guard, he or she will create one that's custom-made for your mouth. A professionally made night guard for teeth is composed of soft material and slides over one row of your teeth. Once your dental night guard is in place, you can sleep soundly knowing that even if you do grind your teeth once you're asleep, your upper and lower teeth will no longer make contact.

Bite Guards

A bite guard can do more than save our enamel from nighttime gnashing. It may also shield us from our daily anxieties. A mouth guard is like a giant piece of tasteless gum that shields your mouth from the havoc your brain wants to wreak on it. It's a levee for pain, a shock absorber for the soul. It helps you to keep your bite stable without causing problems to your teeth. Keeps teeth sound and healthy without any attrition and shortening. Sensitivity is not an issue either. Often, people with jaw pain will benefit from wearing a soft or firm device inserted over their teeth, but the reasons why these devices are beneficial are not well understood.

Sports Guards

Mouth guards should be used by anyone -- adult or child -- who plays contact sports such as football, boxing, soccer, hockey and basketball. However, even those participating in noncontact sports (for example, gymnastics) and any recreational activity (for example, mountain biking) that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a protective mouth guard.

Why Use a Mouth Guard When Playing Sports?

Because accidents can happen during any physical activity, the advantage of using a mouth guard during sports is that it can help limit the risk of mouth-related injuries to your lips, tongue, and soft tissues of your mouth. Mouth guards also help you avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss.