Bruxism Top Reason for Mouthguards

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We asked dentists about mouthguards, and found that fully 92% of respondents offer them for bruxism. TMD was cited by 76%, while 59% offer athletic mouthguards and 40% for sleep apnea.

“Parents elect “Boil & Bite” guards,” said one dentist.

Here are some dentist comments on the topic:

"They really work!" (Georgia dentist offering splints for bruxing and TMD)

"I’ve had almost 2,000 hours of C.E. on TMJ, Bruxism and Sleep. Too many doctors try to treat these problems with inadequate knowledge." (Illinois dentist)

"We make very few athletic mouthguards.  Parents in our area elect the over-the-counter ‘Boil & Bite’ guards over custom, laboratory-fabricated mouthguards." (Maine dentist)

"I like the hard/soft splint/guard." (California periodontist)

"Is there is a difference in terminology between mouthguard and occlusal guard? Occlusal guards or occlusal splints are specifically for protecting the teeth from bruxing and in TMJ cases. Mouthguards, on the other hand, could be used to protect the gums, lips and cheeks during sport activities." (California dentist offering only athletic mouthguards)

"I’m curious about fees." (Ohio orthodontist)


Note: Survey sample included 135 respondents.

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