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When most of our patients hear “mouth guard,” they think of the kind of mouth guards they wore during football and soccer. Dental mouth guards have a more detailed purpose, and they’re a bit more complex than the boil-and-chomp variety. One kind of dental mouth guard is the night guard, which can stop nighttime teeth grinding and subsequently thwart morning headaches and fissured teeth.

So how do night guards do what they do? By separating your top and bottom layers of pearly whites, night guards effectively bring teeth grinding to a halt. However, night guards thwart the effects of teeth grinding, but they typically do not stop the habit itself; don’t worry, that’s what the guard is made for. If you detect that there is substantial damage to the night guard after using it for more than a few months, you may need to see us about replacing it.

Have you observed any headaches, earaches or jaw agony? Do you feel like you clench your pearly whites at night? If so, you may need to see us about teeth grinding and night guards. Teeth grinding is a grave disorder, and it can cause serious weakening to your chompers if you don’t treat it rapidly. We’ll provide you with a night guard to avoid the damage from spreading, and we can fix any destruction that has already been caused.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. James R. Healy and the staff at Healy Dental Care in Ogden, Utah, please don’t hesitate to call 801-394-0808 now.