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By Advanced Dental Care
May 15, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Night Guards   Mouth Guards  

Night GuardsAre you one of the many Mill Creek, WA residents who grind their teeth at night? Teeth grinding is an incredibly common problem that dentists see all the time, and many people honestly don't even know that they're doing it.

While teeth grinding might not be immediately problematic, it can cause a great number of problems down the road if allowed to persist. Persistent teeth grinding can lead to pain, sensitivity, broken or cracked teeth, receding gums and even tooth loss. It can even cause problems outside of the mouth, including migraines and neck, shoulder or back pain.

If left untreated long enough, to the point where teeth begin to wear or break down, teeth grinding can also cause additional visits to a Mill Creek, WA dentist, such as Arash Aflatooni, DDS, for treatment. Common treatments include crowns, bridges, implants and veneers.

Thankfully, there is a safe and effective way to curb teeth grinding and to prevent all of these treatments and side effects before they happen: night guards. Night guards are mouth guards that are worn on the teeth during the night to prevent grinding. They are similar to mouth guards worn in sports, but intended to prevent grinding, not tooth loss.

Night guards work by providing a barrier in between the teeth. This way, when people grind their teeth at night, their teeth do not rub against each other and cause problems. The teeth are allowed to rub inside the night guards instead, where they won't do any damage.

Night guards may not be very attractive or particularly comfortable, but then again, neither is needing extensive dental work to repair a damaged smile. The next time you meet with your dentist, Dr. Aflatooni in Mill Creek, WA, ask if there are any signs of excessive wear due to teeth grinding. Dr. Aflatooni can let you know if a mouth guard may be a good solution for you.

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