Protection Against The Effects of Bruxism Using a Mouth Guard

The following is a guest article from Dr Brux:

For people that suffer from bruxism there is no better way to protect the teeth from wear and chipping than using a mouth guard or splint while asleep. Furthermore not only does a mouth guard protect the teeth from damage but will also alleviate jaw pain, headaches and neck pain that occurs due to clenching of the jaw during sleep. Although a mouth guard does usually take some time to get used to after a short time the vast majority find that wearing it at night feels completely comfortable and is a small price to pay for protecting their teeth and often their expensive veneers!

There are a number of ways that people find out that they have bruxism. Sometimes a family member or friends hears a grinding noise coming from the bruxism sufferer or they wake up with an intense pain in their jaws and a throbbing headache. It also often happens that they do not realise they suffer from bruxism until their dentist notices wearing and chipping of the teeth. At this point the dentist will discuss the treatment options available and will offer to make a custom fit mouthguard by taking a mould of teeth, which unfortunately usually costs hundreds of dollars to make. There are other costly treatment options available such as equilibration where the dentist will smooth down the surfaces of the teeth to correct the bite, spreading the pressure of the clenching and therefore reducing damage. Lastly, recently there has been reasonable success with treatment using Botox to relax the muscles of the jaw, alleviating bruxism symptoms but once again it is very expensive for the average sufferer.

Fortunately there are many other over the counter mouth guards available in local stores or offline that will offer relief from bruxism symptoms for a reasonable price. There are a number of different types of mouth guards but the large majority of them are the ‘Boil and Bite’ variety. As the name suggests they are placed in near boiling water to soften the material and then the user must bite the splint which moulds it to their teeth to make a good fit. Sometimes it can also be trimmed using scissors if it is too large to make it even more comfortable for the wearer.

For most users it will take some time to get used to their new mouth guard and most people will find that they tend to salivate quite a lot during use but this will get much better in a short space of time. After a each night of wearing it whilst sleep it will become easier until it just becomes second nature. The mouth guard needs to be cleaned each morning using a toothbrush and some toothpaste to make sure that it stays hygienic. A bruxism sufferer can expect that their mouth guard will last anywhere between three months and two years depending on a number of factors such as grinding intensity and mouth guard quality which is why it is better to pay more for a better quality product that will last longer.

Although there are ways that can help alleviate bruxism symptoms if not eradicate the problem completely with time and effort there is no way to gain better protection at night as effective as a mouth guard. To find out more about how a mouth guard can help with protecting against the effects of bruxism, visit to find out more and look at our high quality product range.

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