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There are a lot of reasons why you’d want to wear a night guard. They’re used a lot more often than you’d think, too, with quite a few adults utilizing them on a nightly basis. But how do you know when, or if, you need one? That’s a question that’s not always easy to answer.

We want to help make this clear for you so that there’s no question on when these can help you and your teeth. So let’s take a look at the world of night guards.

What do they do?
The primary reason that you’ll have a dentist recommend a night guard is to help prevent damage if you grind your teeth during your sleep. This is a fairly common issue, but if it’s not treated, it can lead to serious problems with your teeth. Most notably, you’ll end up with the biting surfaces of your teeth ground off, which obviously isn’t good.

How do they help?
A night guard helps because it prevents your teeth from grinding against each other all night long. On top of that, a night guard will help mitigate the symptoms of TMJ, a disorder where your jaw joint becomes irritated. Grinding teeth is a common cause of TMJ.

Here at Spartan Family Dentistry in Bixby, Oklahoma, our goal is to help you have the best oral health possible. That includes teeth that are fully healthy and functional. If you have any questions about night guards or want to learn more about the process, call us today at 918-366-3777. Dr. Martin Trockel and Dr. Sherry Church look forward to treating your smile!