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Why do you need a night guard?
Life is full of daily stressors. Stress, anger, sleep apnea, acid reflux, and a focusing habit are just some of the causes that can lead to dental trouble. These stressors cause you to clench and grind your teeth as you sleep at night. This condition is known as bruxism, and jaw pain and headaches can arise as a result. Studies show that around 70 percent of the population grinds their teeth to some degree, and roughly 25 percent grind to such an extent as to cause severe dental damage. Those most likely to experience bruxism include smokers, heavy alcohol or caffeine users, and people suffering from depression. An occlusal guard (also known as a nightguard or mouthguard) made by your dentist can help protect your teeth from various types of grinding-related damage.Read More