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Older Adults and Driving

One way that adults aged 65 and over stay mobile and independent is through driving. As of 2017, there were approximately 44 million licensed drivers 65 years and older — a 63 percent increase from 1999. Clearly, adults are in control of their own transportation at a much higher rate than they used to be. 

Unfortunately, this also means that more seniors are involved in accidents. Each day, car crashes kill almost two dozen adults aged 65 and over and injure 700 more. Drowsiness is the culprit in 7 percent of all vehicle crashes, and in 16 percent of fatal crashes. When considering only the incidents that involved older adult drivers, both percentages are higher. Obviously, getting a full night’s sleep every night is one key to motor vehicle safety. 

One of the problems that contribute to sleep problems in seniors is jaw clenching or teeth grinding from TMJ or bruxism. If these or other ailments are making it hard for you to sleep through the night, it’s a good time to try the CustMbite Nightguard. It’s designed specifically to alleviate the pain caused by teeth clenching and grinding so you can get a good night’s sleep.

Tips to Prevent Injuries and Death in Older Drivers

  • Whether you’re the driver or passenger, always wear a seat belt.
  • Do your best to drive during good weather during daylight hours.
  • Never drink and drive.
  • Take part in regular physical activity to increase strength and flexibility and keep your reflexes in shape for driving.
  • Have your doctor or pharmacist review your medicines to see if any prescriptions should not be taken before driving. If possible, adjust your medication schedule accordingly.
  • Be sure to have an eye doctor check your eyes at least once a year. If needed, wear your glasses or contacts when driving.
  • Plan your route before you begin driving so you have a good idea of where you’re going — even if you’re going to use a GPS program.
  • Always leave plenty of space between your car and the car in front of you.
  • Drive without any kind of distraction, whether that’s phone usage, eating, loud music or radio programs, or talking with a passenger.
  • If there’s any reason your driving ability might be lessened on a given day, choose another way to get to your destination. Rideshare services, riding with a friend, or public transportation are all safe options.
  • Be sure you have had a good night’s sleep before driving somewhere.
  • Consider taking a course focused on refreshing driving skills for older drivers. Completion of the course may carry the extra benefit of giving you an insurance deduction.

How the CustMbite Nightguard Can Contribute to Better Sleep

If you’re having a hard time sleeping through the night because of teeth clenching or teeth grinding while you sleep, you could benefit from using a CustMbite Nightguard. This sleep mouth guard provides advanced TMJ and bruxism protection for older adults, which can help to alleviate related headaches and jaw discomfort. Our nightguards are FDA cleared and BPA-free for the best protection available. Both the mouth guard itself and its patented VistaMaxx material were developed with the help of dental professionals. You’ll receive dentist-quality protection for a much lower price than you’d pay for a mouth guard purchased directly from your dentist.

CustMbite nightguards are simple to use too. It takes only a few minutes, a microwave, and a bowl of cold water to mold a CustMbite Nightguard to your teeth. If you’re having any kind of dental work done, you don’t have to worry about buying and fitting a new nightguard. The CustMbite Nightguard can be refitted to your teeth as many times as you need without losing its integrity or its ability to repel bacteria. While the CustMbite Nightguard is created to be strong enough to keep your teeth from grinding or clenching at night, it’s also designed to be comfortable. After all, if you don’t use it because it’s uncomfortable, it’s not going to work very well. The nightguard is easy to clean as well. Just toss it in the dishwasher and it’s ready to go. You can also rinse it gently with soap and water if you prefer.

How to Get Your CustMbite Nightguard 

As people age, teeth and jaw issues such as TMJ and bruxism become more common. During the day, you can train yourself not to clench or grind your teeth, but at night, you have no control over what your body does. That’s where a CustMbite Nightguard comes in. It’s thin and comfortable, yet it’s tough enough to keep your teeth from clenching and grinding. You can experience a difference in your ability to sleep through the night right away! Order the best night guard for sleep today.

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