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How do I know I need a night guard?

If you wake up in the morning with a headache, you may be experiencing bruxism or TMJ disorder. Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, can leave you with many sorts of discomfort including jaw soreness, facial pain, and lack of sleep. While experiencing these signs can let you know it might be time for a custom night guard, our team will thoroughly evaluate your condition and discuss treatment options to determine whether or not you can benefit from a night guard.

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Will a night guard prevent teeth grinding?

When worn daily, a night guard is helpful in preventing teeth grinding. Night guards hold the jaw in a comfortable position during sleep while placing a barrier between the upper and lower teeth that often grind or clench. This cushion helps protect the enamel and reduces tension in the jaw muscles. A night guard is only one of the many options out there to help with bruxism.

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How often should I clean my night guard?

To effectively reap the benefits of a night guard, you’re likely to be directed to wear it nightly. Though durable and made with high-quality materials, a night guard still needs the proper care to effectively protect teeth and help you maintain good oral health. Generally, night guards should be cleaned at least once a week with a gentle cleanser to remove bacteria and plaque. It is also good practice to rinse your mouthguard with water after each use. When you receive your night guard, our team will go over everything you need to know so you can leave our office with confidence!

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