Mouth guards are coverings worn to protect teeth from injury. Dentists frequently prescribe a night mouthguard to those suffering from sleep bruxism.
Sleep bruxism refers to excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching during an unconscious state. With reports of prevalence ranging from 8–31% in the general population, it is a common problem. However, even those with severe sleep bruxism may not notice their subtle symptoms.
Those with bruxism should wear a night guard for the prevention of:
Aching jaw muscles
Lost or damaged dental restorations (crowns and fillings)