A tongue guard may seem unnecessary to you, but this type of product can be surprisingly useful in many different situations. Here are three reasons why you should consider using a tongue guard if you aren’t already doing so.
What is a tongue guard?
A tongue guard is a piece of plastic or soft, moldable material that fits inside your mouth. It’s fitted by an orthodontist or dentist and it helps protect your teeth from grinding against each other at night. The guard can be custom-made to fit in your mouth, but sometimes it comes pre-formed from an oral appliance company. If you grind at night or wake up with neck pain, there’s a good chance you could benefit from using one. Because tongue guards are so effective in preventing teeth damage and wear and tear on soft tissue, they are used by millions of people around the world who suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding). What Are The Benefits Of Using A Tongue Guard?
How does it help with sleep apnea and snoring?
Snoring occurs when you have excess tissue in your throat that vibrates as you breathe. This is especially common with sleep apnea, which is often caused by narrowing of airways and leads to shallow breathing during sleep. A tongue guard can help alleviate snoring and reduce or eliminate symptoms of sleep apnea by creating more space in your throat. For example, if you are a mouth-breather and use a tongue guard to help keep your mouth closed, it will allow more room for air to flow into your lungs without causing irritation in your throat.
Therefore, helping you breathe easier while sleeping at night! How does it work? The exact mechanism is still unclear, but there are two theories: either keeping your mouth closed reduces pressure on the soft palate or using a tongue guard strengthens muscles in your throat. In either case, using a tongue guard allows more oxygen to enter your body while also reducing stress on facial muscles (reducing tension and strain), both of which lead to better sleep. Over time, these effects should be even greater—leading to improved sleep quality and an overall improvement in health!
Why should you use one if you don’t have sleep problems already?
Sleep apnea is caused by frequent pauses in breathing during sleep. These pauses are usually a result of obstruction or collapse of tissue at back of throat (soft palate). An overlong soft palate can be fixed with surgery but if you don’t want to go under, then you may be able to use OTC (over-the-counter) products to help you sleep better. A sleeping aid, like DooMed’s Teeth Clenching Jaw Brace is good for those who experience nocturnal teeth grinding and jaw clenching. The thin plastic mouthpiece helps prevent your jaw from clenching as you rest. It also makes it difficult to grind your teeth together while wearing it. It’s recommended that you wear it only when going to bed so that you can get used to wearing it comfortably before trying to wear it all night long. It comes in two sizes: small/medium and large/extra large. Be sure that you measure correctly before ordering! This product has helped many people who have problems with their jaw or teeth grinding while they sleep.
Commonly asked questions about tongue guards
What do tongue guards do? Are they just for snoring? What are some other uses of a tongue guard? How can I choose a good one? Read more to learn everything you need to know about using a tongue guard!