Mouth guards serve the function of protecting your teeth from injuries that result from sports or even teeth grinding. The 3 types are:
Your dentist at Holland River Dental will recommend different types of mouth guards for various problems.
Mouth Guard for Grinding and Clenching Teeth
Grinding your teeth during the night necessitates the creation of a bite splint/ nocturnal bite plate to prevent any damage to the teeth.
Bruxism- the habitual teeth clenching and grinding- can damage your general oral health and cause issues like chipped/cracked teeth, jaw pain, headaches, and TMJ disorders. If you are a bruxism victim, you may find a mouth guard/ night guard/ dental guard useful.
This refers to jaw tightening. A large force is exerted between the lower and upper teeth, straining the muscles of the jaw. Excessive pressure can, therefore, cause earaches, jaw soreness, headaches, and cracked teeth. Joint problems can also result from this.
This is the repeated rubbing between the lower and upper teeth forcefully. The grinding is capable of flattening out the grooves of your teeth and weakening the whole tooth. Tooth loss is possible too. Just like clenching, it can cause stiffness, headaches, and jaw pain.
The night guard creates a boundary between the teeth, acting as a layer of protection. With clenching, it reduces the pressure exerted on the lower and upper jaw. With grinding, it provides a protective boundary between the lower and upper teeth, minimizing possibilities of damage to the teeth.
A mouth guard for teeth clenching is made using a flexible and softer rubber material. The material provides a cushioning effect and absorbs clenching forces.
A mouth guard for grinding teeth is made using acrylic or laminate material. Here are the benefits you get from using mouth guards for bruxism:
Natural Remedies: there is a link between stress and bruxism. Reducing stress levels may reduce bruxism. Diet is also associated with teeth clenching and grinding. Avoid foods like caffeine and alcohol, and ensure your minerals and vitamins intake is sufficient.
Medical Treatment – some medications, e.g., anxiety prescriptions and muscle relaxants, can help in managing bruxism symptoms.
This is a sleep disorder that causes a temporary stoppage in breathing when you are asleep. This prevents the brain from receiving sufficient oxygen and increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. It can also result in excessive snoring.
Many people with this condition use the CPAP machine that keeps the airways open as they sleep. In the situation of a mild apnea, a mouth guard can provide the same result. A custom-made sleep apnea mouth guard pushes the tongue and lower jaw forward, thus keeping the airways open.
Snoring results from soft tissue vibrations in the upper airway. Mouth guards can reduce snoring. Just like mouth guards designed for sleep apnea, hey pull forward the lower jaw keeping the airway open.
There are a lot of OTC mouth guards online and even in stores that can be prescribed for preventing snoring. There, however, hasn’t been a lot of research on them. There is no clarity on their actual effectiveness.
Mouth guards can be designed to meet each of your needs. If you have any of the conditions mentioned above, it is wise to consult your dentist at Holland River Dental. The dentist will then establish the one that best suits you.