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Can an OTC Nightguard Stop the Grinding?

July 16, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — brunerdentalteam @ 1:29 am

Woman in pain from grinding teethDo you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth at night? You’re not alone because 10% of adults also suffer from bruxism. The gnawing and mashing can take a serious toll on your smile and quality of life. To protect your teeth and stop your jaw pain, you need a nightguard. Although several types are available OTC, the American Sleep Association recommends visiting your dentist. Here’s what you need to know to choose the right nightguard to defend your smile against grinding your teeth.

Why Is a Nightguard Necessary?

Your enamel is the hardest substance in the body, but it isn’t indestructible. The force and pressure of regular grinding can damage the enamel and wear your teeth down. Over time, your teeth can loosen and fall out. Unfortunately, the complications don’t end there. You might have headaches in the morning or ongoing facial soreness. Bruxism is also a common culprit of TMJ disorders because the grinding inflames the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull on either side of your face. Without the correct intervention, your pain can worsen, and your jaw’s junctions can decline.

OTC Nightguards VS Professional Nightguards

You could run down to the local drugstore to purchase a nightguard. Sure, they are an affordable and convenient solution, but everyone’s mouth is unique. As a result, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all nightguard. If you’re going to purchase one, the American Sleep Association recommends choosing those that are boil-and-bite to provide a better fit with your teeth. It’s not uncommon to experience some discomfort, especially near the gumline. You’ll also find they aren’t as comfortable or durable as those from a dentist.

Although it’s tempting to purchase an OTC product, it’s always best to leave your oral health needs to the professionals. Your dentist will provide a custom nightguard in Odessa using durable, flexible, and high-quality materials. Your nightguard is designed to fit your smile like a glove using advanced technology. This provides you with the safest and most accurate fit to protect your smile from bruxism. It will act as a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to avoid the common complications of habitual grinding and clenching. Paying a little more for a professional nightguard can save you money down the road by avowing potential dental issues. Not to mention, your nightguard can last for many years with the proper care, so you won’t need to waste money on regular replacements.

Protect Your Smile from Bruxism

Don’t let the pressure of bruxism damage your smile any longer. Contact your dentist today for a personalized nightguard. You’ll sleep soundly knowing your dental health has the best protection available.

About Dr. Clifford Sneed

Dr. Sneed earned his dental degree at the Meharry Medical School of Dentistry. He is a member of various dental organizations, including the Indiana Dental Association and the American Dental Association. He focuses on restoring healthy, beautiful smiles. If you’re suffering from bruxism, contact our office today to schedule your consultation for a nightguard. 

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