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When most of our family and friend hear the words “mouth guard,” they think of the kind of mouth guards they wore during sports clubs. Oral mouth guards have a slightly more detailed purpose, and they’re slightly more complex than the boil-and-bite type. One kind of dental mouth guard is the night guard, which can stop nighttime teeth grinding and subsequently thwart morning headaches and cracked or chipped chompers.

So how do night guards function? By separating your layers of pearly whites, night guards bring teeth grinding to a halt. However, although night guards stop the effects of teeth grinding, but they usually do not stop the habit; but don’t worry, that’s what the guard is shaped for. If you notice that there is significant weakening to the night guard after wearing it for more than two to three months, you may need to call us about replacing it.

Have you noticed any morning headaches, earaches or jaw uneasiness? Do you feel like you clench your chompers at night? If so, you may need to see us about teeth grinding and night guards. Teeth grinding is a serious ailment, and it can cause serious destruction to your pearly whites if you don’t treat it hastily. We’ll provide you with a night guard to avoid the weakening from spreading, and we can fix any destruction that has already been caused.

If you’d like to pencil in a checkup with Dr. Andrew W Henritze, DDS and the staff at Andrew Henritze DDS in Roanoke, Virginia, please call (540) 989-6600 now.