Hamilton Night Guards & TMJ Disorder Treatment
What Is Bruxism?
What Is TMJ?
WHAT ARE NIGHT GUARDS AND HOW WILL THEY HELP?
IS A NIGHT GUARD COMFORTABLE TO WEAR AT NIGHT?
Many patients shy away from talking about night guards because they don’t think they’ll be comfortable to wear at night, but that’s not the case. Custom-made mouth guards are fitted to you, and designed with your comfort in mind, so you can wake up feeling well-rested without a sore jaw or headache. Of course, it takes some getting used to at first, but within a few weeks, it’ll become a normal part of your nightly routine.
Other natural ways to reduce clenching and grinding, to complement wearing a night guard, include:
- Limiting alcohol and caffeine consumption (particularly two to three hours before bedtime)
- Limiting sugar consumption
- Quitting smoking
- Taking a warm bath before bed
- Doing yoga
- Getting a massage
- Stopping habits like chewing on pens during the day
- Avoiding chewy foods, such as gum or steak
Nightguards not only help you have a better night’s sleep, but they also save the enamel on your teeth by preventing your teeth from grinding against each other. As your grinding or clenching habit worsens, you run the risk of weakening your enamel, which can lead to more issues like cavities and even tooth loss. Enamel plays a huge role in the healthiness of our teeth and it can be tough to restore if not dealt with as soon as possible. This is a key reason why dentists recommend guards.