If the symptoms of bruxism are making your life jittery, then you can take the help of a soft night mouth guards to relieve yourself from the tribulation. There are myriad ways of getting yourself relieved from bruxism, but night mouth guards are the non-invasive way of getting respite from your bruxism. The night guards are useful to protect your teeth and reduce the symptoms of teeth grinding. You can get them over the counter or online without the prescription and, you can also get them customized according to the shape and size of your teeth. So, let’s understand the night guards more in detail so that you can have some idea about them before you go purchasing them. 

Types of night guards

The dental professionals will make custom-fit night guards that can fit properly to your teeth. You can choose one for you from the different types of night guards discussed below.

Soft night mouth guards

Soft night mouth guards are beneficial for people who do not show mild symptoms of bruxism and experience clenching problems. Moreover, they are very flexible as they are made of rubber.

The dual laminate night guard

These night guards are made of the hard layer from outside and have the soft layer inside.

Benefits of wearing a mouth guard

Mouth guards are found to be effective in treating many oral illnesses that are discussed below.

Teeth grinding 

If you may have a teeth-grinding disorder and may be unaware of it because it mostly happens while you sleep. You can experience headaches, sore face, pain in the ears, upper or lower jaw. You should not ignore teeth grinding if you are experiencing the symptoms because it can have adverse long-term effects like fracturing of teeth, loss of teeth, change in the appearance of your face, causing TMJ disorders, problems in the jaw.

Sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea obstructs your breathing while you sleep because the muscles in the throat relax and block your airway. That causing you to snore during your sleep. Central sleep apnea is not found most often and in this disorder, the brain ceases to send signals to your throat muscles that hamper your breathing pattern. People, who have both obstructive and central sleep apnea disorder, are said to be suffering from complex sleep apnea syndrome. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, then you should consult your doctor because it causes adverse impacts on your health which get conferred below:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Memory issues
  • Anxiety
  • Hypertension
  • Heart diseases
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

How can night guards come to your rescue?

Are you troubled with the teeth grinding of sleep apnea? If yes, then let’s see how custom hard night guard can help you relieve your problem. 

Teeth grinding 

If you are going through the problem of teeth grinding then, let’s see how these night guards can be of help to you. The soft night mouth guards form a layer around your teeth so, when you feel the urge to clench or grind your teeth, they will get rubbed against the softer surface as opposed to the hard teeth. In this way, these guards lessen the damage to your teeth by grinding.

Sleep apnea

If you are facing the problem of sleep apnea, then also, custom hard night guards can be your savior. They put pressure on the lower jaws, causing the tongue and jaws to move forward and preventing the closing of throat muscles. In this way, they let you breathe easily throughout the night. Another benefit of night guards is that you can carry them with you wherever you go, and clean them conveniently.

How can you clean your mouth guards at home?

Taking care of your custom hard night guards is essential for your oral health and the long life of night guards. So, here we are discussing some tips on how you can clean your mouth guards.

You can use non-abrasive toothpaste and a brush with soft bristles to clean your mouth guard. It is in your best interest to keep a separate brush for cleaning mouth guards so that you can save your mouth guards from getting contaminated by bacteria.

You can also use alcohol-free soap and water to clean your custom hard night guards, using a brush with soft bristles. 

Another way to clean your mouth guards is using alcohol-free mouthwash as it has antibacterial properties.

You can also take the help of baking soda to clean your mouth guard. 


Mouth guards are effective in reducing teeth grinding, sleep apnea, and other teeth problems. It is always a good idea to practice meditation to relieve yourself from stress and hence reduces the problem of teeth grinding or sleep apnea. It is always a good idea to consult a dentist if you are facing any dental problem.


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