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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Is a mouth guard for bruxism effective?

Is a  mouth guard for bruxism effective?

It will help: It does help soften the force applied to the teeth. There are also other ways that may, or may not, be more effective for you, such as an occlusal adjustment. See you dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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How effective is a pharmacy-bought night guard for bruxism?

Mediocre at best: They are not custom fit, they are likely to be a bit soft and chewy and like an athletic mouth guard they can be chewed through easily. If you are a light bruxer you may be fine but more likely you would benefit from a custom fit firm durable appliance made by your dentist. ...Read more

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What is the most effective night guard to combat teeth grinding?

What is the most effective night guard to combat teeth grinding?

Night Guards: There are so many types of night guard appliances which are designed to meet the individual and unique needs of the patient as well as a patient's tolerance. This is a question for you and your dentist to explore. Keep in mind that the time it takes to get used to an appliance, varies from person to person. ...Read more

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Grind guardn is an fda approved device to decrease night time bruxism. Is a standard nightguard better for most of your dental patients?

Grind guardn is an fda approved device to decrease night time bruxism. Is a standard nightguard better for most of your dental patients?

Not sure: Fda, does not mean it will work for everyone. When you get a custom made occlusal night guard you get an accurate fit that matches your own teeth/nigtbite and you get the supervision by your dentist. You need to have someone to fit, adjust, supervise and monitor your bite, teeth can shift and your bite can change. Not provided with over the counter products. Dr mokbel ( scdentalimplants.Com). ...Read more

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What is the best night guard for teeth grinders?

What is the best night guard for teeth grinders?

Hard custom made: By your dentist. I agree with dr. Marc gainor 100%. The soft guard resembles the chewing gum and it is very harmful to muscle structure. Not recommended. ...Read more

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Is a mouth guard good to prevent clenching teeth?

Is a mouth guard good to prevent clenching teeth?

Nio: A mouth guard is designed to prevent trauma to teeth/jaws during activities that have the potential for trauma. An Occlusal Orthotic Night Guard is designed to protect teeth and prevent them from moving while at the same time relieving stress to your jaw joints. They are designed differently, function differently, and are made of different materials. Ask your Dentist for advice. ...Read more

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Are over-the-counter night guards for tooth grinding less effective than ones from a dentist?

Are over-the-counter night guards for tooth grinding less effective than ones from a dentist?

Yes: Otc mouthguards may be useful short term till you can see your dentist. They do not fit as well as a custom made night guard . They also do not last very long since they are usually made of a soft plastic material. ...Read more

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Will invisalign retainers work the same as a mouth guard for teeth grinding at night?

No: A properly fitted mouth guard for clenching/grinding purposes will be fitted to your bite and problem associated with your teeth grinding habit. Invisalign retainers are much thinner and do not take into consideration the way your teeth come together when they are in so could actually make a person who suffers from clenching/grinding, clench/grind more when wearing at night and grind through them. ...Read more

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Why are grinding appliances so expensive at dentist officemouthguard or nightguard for teeth grinding?

Why are grinding appliances so expensive at dentist officemouthguard or nightguard for teeth grinding?

Worth the investment: The fee for a properly designed, fabricated (with adj's included) bite splint or night guard, you are actually getting several years worth of a valuable appliance - we have patients who've worn the same splint for 15 years - it is not a glorified athletic mouthguard, and if designed and worn properly, can save you from tooth damage, gum & bone damage, as well as protecting your tm joints. ...Read more

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Will a football mouth guard work instead of a specialized guard for teeth grinding?

Will a football mouth guard work instead of a specialized guard for teeth grinding?

No: Sports mouth guars are designed to prevent dramatic damage to teeth and surrounding tissues, and to reduce the chance of concussion. Occlusal Orthotics are designed to help stabilize your occlusion, prevent untoward wear, and protect the jaw joint. Over-use of an athletic mouthguard can actually cause joint damage. Would you use an Ace elbow support for a damaged knee? See your Dentist for Rx. ...Read more

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Is a dental "occlusal guard" (to wear at night time) the same as a dental "nightguard"?

Is a dental "occlusal guard" (to wear at night time) the same as a dental "nightguard"?

Maybe: Many times the terms are used interchangeably. There are times when a occlusal guard is made to treat jaw problems, tmd, headaches and neck and shoulder aches. They are more complicated, cost more, and are more beneficial . They can't be purchased over the counter. They are made for your specific problem and have a custom fit. ...Read more

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Is a night guard from the dentist really worth using?

Is a night guard from the dentist really worth using?

Often: There are many reasons to fabricate a night guard. Some patients find it annoying unless it relieves pain, and end up not wearing it, while others find tremendous benefit from it and won't go to sleep without it. There are many different types and materials used. I suggest that you have a discussion with your own dentist to determine what is best for you and your particular circumstances. ...Read more

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Is there a lower cost, long term over-the-counter mouth guard that can be worn at night to prevent teeth grinding? Would it prevent future TMJ issues?

Is there a lower cost, long term over-the-counter mouth guard that can be worn at night to prevent teeth grinding? Would it prevent future TMJ issues?

Night guards: Night guards do not prevent grinding. Basically they protect teeth from being damaged. Over the counter mouthguards are too thick and not bite-balanced, so they can increase grinding, clenching, and TMJ dysfunction. A custom made nightguard can help with TMJ from grinding, but not from clenching. Talk to your dentist, or if possible, seek treatment at a dental school. ...Read more

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Do people get molded for a night guard for tooth grinding with braces?

Do people get molded for a night guard for tooth grinding with braces?

No: Night guards, whether hard or soft, are made to your existing occlusion. That means when you put it on it negates whatever orthodontic correction was made while it was off. Please discuss this with your orthodontist. Know that as teeth straighten grinding often disappears. ...Read more

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Due to grinding and jaw being slightly out- of- line, the dentist has recommended a custom night guard for my 6year old. Is the guard a choking hazard?

Role: The purpose of primary baby teeth is to hold space for the adult permanent successors, so if there is severe wear and attrition on baby teeth, and as long as the roots are there to hold space, it's generally okay but speak to your orthodontist as well.. Custom night guards not going to fit after baby teeth loosen/come out. ...Read more

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How can buxim (teeth grinding, biting, & clenching) at night be helped without the use of a mouth guard? (sensory issues... Guard would prevent sleep)

How can buxim (teeth grinding, biting, & clenching) at night be helped without the use of a mouth guard? (sensory issues... Guard would prevent sleep)

Possibly: There are a number of possible causes for bruxism as well as different modalities of treatment that may or may not involve a mouth guard. You need to have a thorough dental exam with the appropriate studies to determine possible causes of your bruxism. If you do require an appliance there are different types of appliances that can be utilized that may allow you to sleep comfortably. ...Read more

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Anyone have an effective cure for clenching your teeth in your sleep, besides mouth guard?

Anyone have an effective cure for clenching your teeth in your sleep, besides mouth guard?

Stress reduction: First, a mouth guards does not cure clenching. It merely protects your teeth from the wear and tear that clenching produces. Reduction of stress can sometimes be reduced with relaxing techniques such as yoga, exercise, a walk outside in the fresh air, deep breathing exercises, a warm bath or with any hobby or other activity that you enjoy and gets your mind off the stresses of daily life. ...Read more

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Is wearing a mouth guard at night a bad alternative to the "night guard"?

Is wearing a mouth guard at night a bad alternative to the "night guard"?

Custom guard: Custom guards are the best, especially if they are designed to help with airway issues, bruxism/ clench/ grind issues, tmj/tmd issues, or muscle pain issues in head/neck. For mouth guards and sports guards, they are best used to protect teeth during sports. ...Read more

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Grinding Teeth (Definition)

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