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There are a lot of reasons why you’d want to wear a night guard. They’re used a lot more often than you’d think, too, with quite a few adults utilizing them on a nightly basis. What a lot of people may wonder, though, is whether or not they need a night guard as well.

We want to help make this clear for you so that there’s no question on when these can help you and your teeth. Today we’re going in-depth on night guards, to help you understand when or why you might want one.

What do they do?
The primary reason that you’ll have a doctor like Dr. Joseph Wilson & Associates recommend a night guard is to help prevent damage if you grind your teeth during your sleep. Grinding teeth is pretty common, and most people take steps to prevent it. Night guards save the integrity of the biting surface of your teeth.

How do they help?
A night guard helps because it prevents your teeth from grinding against each other all night long. You can also use a night guard to fight any chronic jaw pain that comes as a result of grinding or clenching your teeth in your sleep.

Here at Ortho*Dental, Inc. in Gallup, New Mexico, our goal is to help you have the best oral health possible. That includes teeth that are fully healthy and functional. Please call us today at (505) 863-8100 if you have any questions about night guards. We’re here to help in any way possible.