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Bruxism is a common condition better known as teeth grinding. Around 15% of adults are thought to suffer from bruxism. It can cause a sore jaw, tooth pain or even a dull headache. The most common way to relieve bruxism and alleviate the discomfort is to wear a night guard.
A night guard may also be known as a mouth piece or a mouth guard. It is worn at night while you are sleeping in order to protect your teeth from grinding while you sleep. The device is constructed from heavy duty plastic and fits snuggly over your top teeth so your teeth can’t touch.
Night guards are usually available at most pharmacies, and they don’t require a prescription. However, your dentist may recommend a special mouth guard to ensure you get the right fit and proper protection. The dentist may take an impression from your mouth and send it in to have a customized mouth guard made in a laboratory. This is the more expensive option, but it will fit better and be much more comfortable.