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When Should You Wear a Mouthguard?

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Mouthguards are a form of dental coverings worn to protect your teeth from grinding or clenching while sleeping. They also offer protection against possible injuries caused while participating in sports. They also assist with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Here are some signs to look out for when you need to wear a Mouth-Guards to protect your teeth and jaws from potential damage.

Cavities or Infections

If you have cavities or any other spreadable infection in your teeth, it is recommended to use a mouthguard while sleeping. They help keep the teeth in place and reduce the chance of spreading the infection to other teeth. Your teeth are kept at a distance by mouthguards, so the cavities cannot spread from one tooth to another during sleep.

You Experience a Headache Every Morning

When you wake up, you face a headache; it is due to the teeth grinding while sleeping because your jaws come under pressure while teeth are grinding. The pressure can make the gums tense and tender, which will cause pain in your face, on the back, and sides of your head.

You Wake Up with Jaw Pain and Facial Soreness

Your jaws and muscles are under stress while teeth are grinding. You will face stiffness in oral muscles during the day. You may also find difficulty in chewing food while having jaw pain. It may even affect your speech if it is not treated. Mouthguards can help in preventing stiffness and soreness in jaws.

Braces And Dental Bridges

Mouthguards have also been used as a protectant for braces and dental bridges. They protect the wires and bridges from any damage while sleeping or in any other case.

You Are Diagnosed with The TMJ Disorder

Chronic teeth grinding may also cause inflammation in your jaws. Once your dentist has made a diagnosis, he might recommend you a mouthguard.

Teeth grinding can cause damage to your teeth. It will help if you do facial exercises that will relax your stress and anxiety. Your sleep will become enhanced if you get a mouthguard at the same time.

Conclusion

Mouthguards are customized according to the shape of your teeth. If you wear braces or dental bridges, it is best to go for customized mouthguards as they will not interrupt and cause any discomfort. They are best if you have a teeth-grinding problem that results in jaw stiffness and soreness. It will get you healthy and safe teeth without any side effects. Visit your dentist if you need to wear mouthguards to ensure that they are safe for you.

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When Should I Wear a Night Guard?

*Neither this nor any other content in this media is meant to prescribe, recommend, or prevent any treatment or procedure. We highly recommend that you get the advice of a qualified dentist or other medical practitioners regarding your specific dental condition. 

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