Why You Shouldn’t Wear A Sports Mouth Guard For Bruxism

Why You Shouldn’t Wear A Sports Mouth Guard For Bruxism

Aug 30, 2018
At first glance, the word bruxism may sound like a type of extreme sport. At Sinclair Smiles in Encinitas, CA, our dentist in la costa care about our patients’ wellbeing.  What bruxism and an extreme sport have in common, is that in both you may need a mouthguard. Mouthguards are commonly used during high impact or contact sports where the risk of damaging your teeth is high. However, bruxism is the grinding of the teeth at night while you sleep. Whichever one of these you may do, mouth guards are extremely important and can benefit you for a long time coming. Today we will discuss the differences between mouthguards, and which one would be best for you and your lifestyle.

Intended Wear Time

An athletic mouthguard is usually only worn for an hour or two during games or practices. Nightguards are made to be worn throughout the entire night’s sleep, approximately 8 hours in a row. In certain conditions, bacteria thrives and multiplies, such as warm, dark, and moist ones. The make of your mouthguard and how long you intend to wear them is important as you can keep bacterial growth at bay.


Most athletic mouthguards are designed to protect the crown of your tooth above the gum line. They also protect the junction and root of the tooth below the gumline. A sports mouth guard covers your teeth and gums were as a nightguard may only need to cover the biting surfaces of your teeth.


Another size difference between athletic mouthguards and therapeutic night guards. Is that an athletic mouthguard is oftentimes thicker. This is to allow for more coverage of your teeth, ensuring that during a sports game or a workout, your teeth are not susceptible to any dangers. If you worry about bruxism or have questions associated with mouthguards, please give our office a call. We’re always open to answer questions you may have and address any concerns.
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