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How Thick Should a Dental Night Guard Be?

Dental Night Guard Thickness: “How Thick Should a Dental Night Guard Be?” How thick should a dental night guard be? Most customers that ring our line here at Sentinel have two questions: What night guard type should I choose (hard, soft or dual laminated)? Which thickness should I  choose? Short answer: There is no night…

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What Does A Night Guard Do?

It is well known that a smile is an important asset in life, yet it is often taken for granted. Whether you flaunt your all-natural teeth when you smile, or have cosmetically enhanced your teeth in one way or the other, a dental night guard may be the solution you need to protect your teeth….

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“Why Do Dental Night Guards Cost So Much?” | Sentinel Mouthguard Team

Why Do Dental Night Guards Cost So Much? Short answer: Dental night guards cost as little as $20 and as much as $1500. They vary greatly in price. Store bought “ready to wear” dental night guards cost as little as $20.00. Some dentists are charging upwards of $800. Online you can purchase a custom made…

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What Age Can a Child Wear a Dental Night Guard?

Can a Child Wear a Dental Night Guard? Short answer: Ask your dentist. Recommended use for children varies greatly. As parents, we deal with miniature crisis’ all the time–scraped knees, growing pains, hunger pains, sick days, and everything in between. These common issues have aided us in becoming pretty proficient in what to do when…

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Head Trauma In Athletes

Head Trauma In Athletes: Should We Start Rethinking Careers In Contact Sports? Head trauma in athletes has been known as a possible consequence of taking part in contact sports for a long time, but recent research has shown that the damage done to the brain may be much worse than previously realized. Given this new…

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Can Botox Stop My Teeth Grinding?

Recent research suggests Botox for teeth decreases bone density in jaw. More on this can be found here: https://sentinelmouthguards.com/botox-teeth-grinding-not-good-idea/ Botox for Teeth Grinding and TMJ Teeth grinding, aka bruxism, the unconscious clenching and grinding of the teeth that takes place during the night (while you are asleep) has been a fairly recent and seemingly successful…

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What Is a Gum Shield? | Sentinel Mouth Guards

The Gum Shield and its Importance Sometimes the English language is just downright confusing. Must we have 10 variations of the same word? Is there a difference between “mouth guard” and “gum shield”? A gum shield is a protective appliance or device that is used to cover the teeth and gums. We hear dentists and…

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What Is The Difference Between Bruxism and TMJ?

Disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can have many names. These include TMJ syndrome, TMJ dysfunction, and TMJ disorder, among others. Throughout this article, we’ll use these terms interchangeably. Regardless of the names, these conditions are often exacerbated by persistent teeth-grinding (bruxism). Before we talk more about TMJ problems, let’s review some background information about…

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My Teeth Are Sore When I Wake Up. Why?

“Why is it that my teeth are sore when I wake up in the morning?” Waking up with sore teeth is common amongst many people. Often times, when a person goes to sleep, their teeth feel healthy and fine but when they wake up the teeth will feel sore. This may or may not be…

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How Do I Know If I Am Grinding My Teeth At Night?

“Look Doctor! I think I would know if I was grinding my teeth at night!” Many dentists experience this problem with patients. The dentist tells the patient that they are showing signs of teeth grinding or jaw clenching at night, only to be met with disbelief from the patient. Patients believe they would KNOW if…

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My Dog Ate My Night Guard!

My dog ate my night guard! I have a 10 month old Australian Cattle Dog. Her name is Loki. Yes, I named her after the Norse god of mischief. You may say that I was  tempting fate. I say that I was just giving in to the inevitable. If you are a dog lover, you…

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BPA Free Dental Night Guards

Is it possible to get a Night Guard that is BPA free or pthalate free? OverviewIf you have ever experienced chronic teeth grinding or had a family member affected by the problem, you probably realize that this is a matter that should not be overlooked. You only get one set of adult teeth.  Grinding or…

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Can a Night Guard Shift Your Teeth?

Is Your Night Guard Causing You Pain? Can a Night Guard Shift Your Teeth? Let’s first start by determining which type of dental night guard you’re using. Are you wearing a boil and bite or “one size fits all” dental guard that you purchased through a retailer like CVS, Walgreens or Amazon? If so, this…

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Should I be wearing a night guard to protect my veneers?

Why it’s worth it to protect your smile after such a big investment: Jenny saved and saved for her new veneers on her front teeth. It was a dream come true for her. No more smiling with slight pursed lips. Prior to the veneers, she had what she aptly referred to as “rabbit teeth”. Her…

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Finding The Right Night Guard For Missing Teeth

The Search For The Perfect Night Guard (when you have imperfect teeth) Finding The Right Night Guard For Missing Teeth If you’re missing one or many teeth and need to wear a nighttime guard, you may already know the struggles of finding a secure, comfortable and well fitting night guard. A custom fitted dental guard…

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How To Take Your Own Dental Impression For Your Night Guard or Mouth Guard

How To Take Your Own Dental Impression For The Best Fit When ordering a mouth guard that is truly custom fit, a dental impression of your teeth must be taken . Now, if you’re going through a dental office, a professional will take a nice, clear impression of your teeth. But if you decide to…

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Does Our Teeth Grinding Worsen During Winter?

“I’ve Often Wondered: Does Bruxism Worsen During The Colder Months?” Looking to protect your teeth during this upcoming colder months? A thin, comfortable night guard can be worn to protect your teeth from the physical and often painful harm of grinding or clenching your teeth. Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding, a condition…

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Custom Mouth Guards Better for Reducing Concussion Risk

“Can a Mouth Guard Prevent a Concussion?” The Study Setup The study tracked six high school football teams, totaling 412 players. Half of the players selected their own store-bought mouth guards, and the other half were given custom athletic mouth guards. These mouth guards were customized by taking a mold of the players’ teeth and…

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Why Wear a Mouth Guard? 10 Real Life Reasons

From The Dawn of Time. Dating back to when man drew on the walls of caves, the most effective way of winning over a mate has always been through competition; except for that brief time during the 1990s that we all went soft and got in touch with our emotions, thankfully that’s a thing of…

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Cleaning Your Dental Night Guard – The Ultimate Guide in 2020

 “Why Does My Dental Night Guard Turn Yellow?” A dental night guard may become gross pretty quickly, if left unmaintained. The good news is, you don’t have to deal with the funky smells and color changes if you take the time to learn about cleaning your night guard. Proper care and maintenance will ensure a…

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