Night guards may be beneficial for those who clench or grind their teeth at night. This condition is called bruxism and can contribute to a variety of ailments like headaches, recurrent migraines, worn teeth or cause TMJ.
Because you are unconscious when you sleep, you may not realize you are clenching or grinding your teeth. If you or Dr. Hodge suspects you have this condition, which can affect people of any age and usually occurs during periods of high stress or anxiety, there are treatment options.
You can be fitted with a dental mouthpiece called a night guard. This device can provide relief from bruxism side effects and save your smile by preventing long-term tooth damage.