At first glance, the word bruxism may sound like a type of extreme sport. What bruxism and an extreme sport have in common, is that in both you may need a mouthguard. Mouth guards 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.
An athletic mouthguard is usually only worn for an hour or two during games or practices. Night guards are made to be worn throughout the entire night 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 mouth guard and how long you intend to wear them is important as you can keep bacterial growth at bay.
Most athletic mouth guards 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 night guard 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.
At Sinclair Smiles in Encinitas, CA, we care about our patients’ wellbeing. 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.