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Old 07-13-2006, 09:12 PM   #1
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Question I grind my teeth sometimes at night. Is a mouthgard a good thing to use?

Sometimes I grind my teeth at night and I also noticed that my tongue is touching/pushing on my front teeth too.

I bought sports mouthgard to see if it would help and have been using it for about a month.

I'm a little concerned because when I wake up my teeth feel a little tighter in the front and later in the day they seem to not be so tight.

Should I not be doing this using a mouthgard?

 
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Re: I grind my teeth sometimes at night. Is a mouthgard a good thing to use?

Sounds like the mouthguard is changing your bite and/or moving your teeth a bit. You may want to see a dentist or ortho who specializes in tmj and get a custom night guard that stops the clenching but fits correctly.

 
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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.

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Old 07-17-2006, 06:43 AM   #4
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Re: I grind my teeth sometimes at night. Is a mouthgard a good thing to use?

A over the counter mouth guard isn't a good thing I was told as one tends to "chew" on these during the night because the are soft. A custom fitted bite guard made by your dentist is what you need. You cannot grind in these. Really helps trust me. I am a grinder too.
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