Do you experience tooth sensitivity or jaw pain? Most people grind their teeth during the night, even if they don’t realize it. Eventually, this can cause permanent damage and lots of pain. Here’s what you need to know about night guards: what they are, how they work, and who can benefit from wearing one.

What Is a Night Guard?

A night guard is a mouthpiece that is made of hard acrylic plastic or similar materials. Your dentist custom-fits the mouthpiece to ensure that it fits comfortably while also completely covering and protecting your teeth. Then, you’ll wear your night guard when you go to sleep each night.

Who Should Wear a Night Guard?

If you commonly notice that your teeth are sensitive or damaged, your jaw is painful, your gums are bleeding, or you have reoccurring headaches, you might have bruxism. Bruxism is a condition that occurs when you grind, gnash, and/or clench your teeth while you are sleeping. To treat bruxism, you will likely need to wear a night guard. 

However, anyone can benefit from wearing a night guard! Teeth grinding and other symptoms are caused by multiple factors, including:

  • High levels of stress and anxiety
  • Tension or hyperactivity during the day
  • Chewing gum, smoking, and drinking caffeine
  • Medical issues, such as GERD and night terrors
  • COVID-19 and other viruses

In such a stressful time, many people have begun grinding their teeth when they never have before. It’s best you visit the Redondo Beach dental center and get a night guard fitted to prevent any potential problems.