“What’s the Difference Between Jaw Clenching and Teeth Grinding?”

Clenching Teeth and Grinding are Often Caused By the Same Problem Jaw clenching and teeth grinding are both common manifestations of a condition known as “bruxism”. Bruxism occurs unconsciously, and can happen both while you’re awake or asleep. Waking bruxism is characterized by clenching the jaw tightly. During sleep tooth on tooth grinding is more…

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What Age Can a Child Wear a Dental Night Guard?

Can a Child Wear a Dental Night Guard? The 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…

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Head Trauma In Athletes | Sentinel Mouthguards

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?” | Sentinel Mouthguards

Update 06/15/16 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…

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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 the mouth guard and the gum shield? A gum shield is a protective appliance or device that is used to cover the teeth and gums. It is…

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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?”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The problem of waking up with sore teeth is common amongst many people. “My Teeth Are Sore When I Wake Up. Why?” [/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”1828″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]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…

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“How Do I Know If I Am Grinding My Teeth At Night?” | sentinelmouthguards.com

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…

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“My Dog Ate My Night Guard!”

*A humorous yet informative article written by talented blogger Amanda Woodward about one of the most common reasons for night guard replacements and reorders. We enjoyed this one and hope you will too! My dog ate my night guard! I have a 10 month old Australian Cattle Dog. Her name is Loki. Yes, I named her…

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BPA Free Dental Night Guards

Are Night Guards BPA Free? Pthalate free? BPA free dental night guards Overview If 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 clenching comes…

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Can a Night Guard Shift Your Teeth?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]  Is Your Night Guard Causing You Pain? Can a Night Guard Shift Your Teeth? [/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]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? This…

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

“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,…

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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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Bruxism: “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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Sentinel Mouthguards: Why Wear a Mouth Guard? 10 Real Life Reasons

Sentinel Mouthguards: Why Wear a Mouth Guard? 10 Real Life Reasons Why 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…

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“Why Does my Dental Night Guard Turn Yellow?” ” Sentinel Night Guard Care

 “Why Does My Dental Night Guard Turn Yellow?”   A dental night guard can become gross pretty quick. 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 and care for your device. Proper care and maintenance will ensure a longer…

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“Why Are My Teeth Flat?” Flat Teeth and Chipping | Sentinel Mouthguards

“Why Are My Teeth Flat?” Flat Teeth and Chipping are common signs of long term teeth grinding and jaw clenching. “Is My Teeth Grinding Habit Making Me Look Older?” When Glamour magazine ran an article last month about preventative aging & the benefits of wearing a night guard, many became enlightened to one of the…

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Mouth Guards – The Bad, the Good, and the Best Mouth Guard

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]So you’ve decided that you need a mouth guard. Not just any mouth guard. You’re looking for the best mouth guard! Maybe you’re an athlete or maybe you grind your teeth at night, or maybe both. Maybe you already use a mouth guard, and you want an upgrade or a replacement. Whatever your circumstances,…

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