Dentists asks patients to wear a night-guard when there is a suspicion of night-time teeth-grinding, causing significant wear of tooth enamel. From a paleo perspective, re-calcification of teeth thanks to a healthy diet should help with this issue some, but would wearing a night-guard prevent, or degrade, the body's ability to re-calcify teeth?
It seems that putting a device directly over your teeth for seven+ hours a night would somehow prevent re-calcification from working properly (though perhaps I simply misunderstand how re-calcification works).
asked byWyldKard (1906)
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on July 30, 2011
at 01:58 AM
I wear a night guard and I think the benefits out weight the consequences. It won't matter if your teeth are re-calcifying if you just keep cracking them because of grinding.
on July 29, 2011
at 01:36 PM
I don't think it would have an effect on remineralization at all. Trust me, even while wearing a night guard you get PLENTY of saliva inside of it! Sometimes it's difficult to keep yourself from drooling while wearing it.
on November 02, 2011
at 03:49 PM
Has anyone taken supplements (e.g., magnesium) to help relax muscles during sleep?
This thread (http://paleohacks.com/questions/74196/how-to-keep-from-tensing-up-during-sleep#axzz1cTcGxSGk) has some info related to tense shoulder/neck muscles and using magnesium.
on July 30, 2011
at 06:12 PM
I have found that When I drool at night, much of the discomfort is because my pillow cases are thin cotton (400 thread Egyptian cotton).
So, I put a big, thick cotton towel over my pillow(s). I have found that it absorbs more saliva in a small place, so it does not get as cold as a pillow case.
This does not solve the drooling problem, but it does make it more comfortable.
I have also found that the drooling is NOT related to my night guard use. I have used a custom made night guard for well over 10 years. But, I have only been drooling, off and on, for about eight to 10 months.
My dentist made the guard for me because I had knocked off the bottom of one of my front teeth; he said I grind my teeth at night and this could, and did, damage the teeth, not just enamel.