Re: I grind my teeth sometimes at night. Is a mouthgard a good thing to use?
I have been using a customized mouth guard for several years. I grind my teeth at night and the teeth on one side of my mouth have worn almost flat. Without the guard, I would have had some serious problems with those teeth in the future. When I went for my regular check-up last month, the dentist asked if I wore it and reminded me that I would have to use it the rest of my life. Not a great prospect, but much better than loosing my teeth because of the grinding.
The guard was expensive--about $300 then, but to me it was worth it if I can keep my teeth. I recommend visiting your dentist and asking about a professional one. My dentist 10 years ago recommended the sports guard from the sports store, but it is not comfortable and is not nearly as effective. The one I currently use is molded to my teeth and bite. It is a hard plastic that stands up to the force of my grinding at night.