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Protect Your Smile: The Importance of Wearing Your Mouthguard at Night

Dr. Gordon Poznikoff

Dr. Gordon Poznikoff

Today, we’re diving into a topic that’s often overlooked but incredibly vital for maintaining your dental health: wearing a mouthguard at night. While many people associate mouthguards with sports activities, wearing one while you sleep can offer a plethora of benefits for your oral well-being.

1. Prevent Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Do you wake up with sore jaw muscles or headaches? You might be unknowingly grinding your teeth at night, a condition known as bruxism. Grinding your teeth can lead to significant dental problems such as worn enamel, tooth sensitivity, and even cracked or broken teeth. By wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard while you sleep, you provide a cushioning barrier between your upper and lower teeth, effectively preventing the damaging effects of bruxism.

2. Protect Against TMJ Disorders

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can cause discomfort, pain, and limited jaw movement. Individuals who clench or grind their teeth are at a higher risk of developing TMJ issues. A properly fitted mouthguard helps to alleviate the pressure on the jaw joint, reducing the likelihood of developing TMJ disorders and providing relief for those already experiencing symptoms.

3. Safeguard Dental Work

If you’ve invested in dental work such as crowns, bridges, or veneers, wearing a mouthguard at night is essential for protecting your investment. Teeth grinding can put excessive pressure on these dental restorations, leading to premature wear or damage. By wearing a mouthguard, you not only preserve the integrity of your dental work but also prolong its lifespan, saving you time and money in the long run.

4. Maintain Proper Tooth Alignment

Orthodontic treatments such as braces or aligners can correct misaligned teeth and bite issues. However, failing to wear a mouthguard at night can sabotage your orthodontic progress. Teeth grinding can exert force on your teeth, causing them to shift out of alignment over time. By wearing a mouthguard, you ensure that your teeth remain in their proper positions, preserving the results of your orthodontic treatment.

5. Improve Sleep Quality

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching not only pose risks to your dental health but can also disrupt your sleep patterns. Chronic teeth grinding can contribute to sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea. By wearing a mouthguard, you promote relaxation of the jaw muscles, allowing for a more restful night’s sleep and waking up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

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At Heritage Dental Centre, we prioritize the overall health and well-being of our patients. Wearing a mouthguard at night is a simple yet effective way to safeguard your smile and prevent dental problems down the road. Whether you’re dealing with bruxism, TMJ disorders, or simply want to protect your dental investments, investing in a custom-fitted mouthguard is an investment in your oral health that pays off in the long term.

Don’t wait until dental issues arise—schedule a consultation with our experienced dental team today to discuss how a custom mouthguard can benefit you and your smile. Remember, a little prevention now can save you from a lot of dental discomfort later on!

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Dr. Gordon Poznikoff
Dr. Gordon Poznikoff
Owner and General Dentist at Heritage Dental Centre in Edmonton.