Mouth Guard Is a one of dental treatment to protect teeth from damage due to oral bad habit like bruxism, Grinding or clench. So you’ve been diagnosed with bruxism. Your dentist has probably recommended you to have dental mouth guard
Bruxism is excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching. It is an oral parafunctional activity. i.e., it is unrelated to normal function such as eating or talking. Bruxism is a common problem; reports of prevalence range from 8–31% in the general population.Several symptoms are commonly associated with bruxism, including hypersensitive teeth, aching jaw muscles, headaches, tooth wear, damage to dental restorations (e.g. crowns and fillings) and damage to teeth. However it may cause minimal symptoms, and therefore people may not be aware of the condition.
There are two main types of bruxism: that which occurs during sleep (sleep bruxism) and that which occurs during wakefulness (awake bruxism). Dental damage may be similar in both types, but the symptoms of sleep bruxism tend to be worse on waking and improve during the course of the day, and the symptoms of awake bruxism may not be present at all on waking, and then worsen over the day. The causes of bruxism are not completely understood, but probably involve multiple factors. Awake bruxism is thought to have different causes from sleep bruxism, and is more common in females, whereas males and females are affected in equal proportions by sleep bruxism. Several treatments are in use, although there is little evidence of robust efficacy for any particular treatment
Symptoms & what will happen when left unattended.
Symptoms of teeth grinding
Teeth grinding (bruxism) can cause different symptoms, including facial pain, headaches and worn-down teeth.
Some of the symptoms of bruxism, such as facial pain, will often disappear when you stop grinding your teeth. Others, such as tooth damage, can be permanent and may need dental treatment.
Possible symptoms of teeth grinding include:
- facial muscle pain (facial myalgia)
- tightness and stiffness in the shoulders
- pain and stiffness in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles (known as the temporomandibular joint)
- sleep disruption (both to you and your partner)
Symptoms that affect the mouth include:
- worn teeth, which can result in short teeth, increased tooth sensitivity and possible loss of teeth
- fractured teeth or fillings
- difficulty opening your mouth
It’s important to note tooth wear only occurs in severe cases of bruxism and not everyone who grinds their teeth will have it.
If your teeth become worn through grinding, you may need dental treatment to avoid developing further problems, such as infection or a dental abscess
Who Needs a Mouth Guard?
1. children and adults with bad oral habit (bruxism, grinding, clench)
2. who play contact sports such as football, boxing, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey. However, even those participating in noncontact sports (for example, gymnastics) and any recreational activity (for example, skateboarding, mountain biking) that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a protective mouth guard.
How Do I Care for My Mouth Guard?
- Rinse your mouth guard with cold water or with a mouth rinse before and after each use or clean it with a mild soap and a toothbrush.
- Clean the mouth guard in cool, soapy water and rinse it thoroughly.
- Place the mouth guard in a firm, perforated container to store or transport it. This permits air circulation and helps to prevent damage. If the mouth guard is acrylic, keep it in fresh clean water.
- Protect the mouth guard from high temperatures -- such as hot water, hot surfaces, or direct sunlight -- to minimize distorting its shape.
- Occasionally check the mouth guard for general wear. If you find holes or tears in it or if it becomes loose or causes discomfort, replace it.
- Bring the mouth guard to each regularly scheduled dental visit to have your dentist exam it.