Slave2Christ asked in HealthDental · 4 weeks ago

Can wearing a mouth guard at night make things worse?

I have to wear a mouth guard when I sleep as I grind my teeth which has caused serious gum recession. But can wearing a guard also cause damage as its on the teeth and a little bit of the gums all night long and makes the mouth dry as well?

I keep reading it should touch the gums to protect them too. then others say it makes the gums recede more if it touches so I am confused now should it cover the gums a bit or does that make it worse? thanks


Thanks. I bought mine from a store as i cant afford to have he dentist do it

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    No it helps.

    The dry mouth is from breathing, natural, through the mouth.

    The hospitals have tested and found that sleeping with the back at a 30° angle (sitting up slightly) may improve breathing

    Source(s): experience.
    • Slave2Christ
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      so the guard touching the gums helps and wont make it worse?

  • martin
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    A mouth guard overall makes things better, as long as it's carefully made to fit properly. Errors made by dentists who fail to fit the mouth guard properly can result in the serious conditions you mentioned.

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