The Importance of Good Sleep During Pregnancy

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The Effect Pregnancy Can Have on Dental Health

When a woman becomes pregnant, her body begins to release a hormone called relaxin. This hormone prevents premature contractions and softens up ligaments and joints, especially in the pelvic region. This is helpful during the birthing process. A surprising effect of the hormone is that the periodontal ligaments that hold her teeth also relax, which can lead to slight shifting of the teeth during and immediately after a pregnancy. A common autonomic response to this is the clenching or grinding of the teeth. This can cause pain in the jaw and in the nerves of the teeth if the grinding is severe enough, and can cause the teeth to shift even more. Continue reading to learn how using a CustMbite Nightguard can help with this common pregnancy problem.

Why a Good Night’s Sleep is Important During Pregnancy

It’s common during pregnancy to experience difficulties sleeping. The tooth and jaw pain caused by bruxism and TMJ, whether it’s a new condition or a pre-pregnancy condition now exacerbated, can make it difficult to get a solid night of sleep. Add to this the discomfort of the growing belly, the heartburn, and the general aches and pains associated with pregnancy, and you can see that it may be difficult to sleep well during this time. 

Another cause of difficulties sleeping can be restless leg syndrome, which is common in pregnant women. RLS is known to be linked to anemia, another condition that is common during pregnancy. This can be easily solved by talking to your doctor and taking prenatal vitamins and supplements like folic acid and iron.

A lack of sleep is more than just inconvenient, as there’s a higher risk of experiencing particular pregnancy complications for women who don’t get enough sleep during gestation. A few of these conditions are preeclampsia (dangerously high blood pressure), gestational diabetes, longer labors, and higher rates of cesarean section births. 

Some things you can do to help sleep when you are pregnant are the same types of things you would do if you weren’t pregnant, such as jotting down to-do’s for the following day to clear your mind of anxiety and turning off all screens an hour or so before bedtime. If you are experiencing additional anxiety because of the huge change in life that the baby will bring, it may help to talk to a sympathetic friend or even a mental health care professional.

If you’re experiencing sleep deprivation brought on by clenching or grinding teeth, the solution can be as simple as purchasing and using our CustMbite Nightguard for better sleep.

How can a sleep mouth guard help me sleep better during pregnancy?

A mouth guard for sleep provides a cushion for your teeth if you grind or clench them during the night. Since grinding and clenching and ruin restorative dental work, crack teeth, and even loosen them, especially during pregnancy, it is in your best interest to use the CustMbite Nightguard when you sleep. 

The CustMbite Nightguard was developed with the help of dental professionals and it’s easy to breathe, speak, and even drink while wearing it. This is different from many other sleep guard products on the market. People who use other mouth guards complain that they are big and bulky, make it hard to breathe, and are uncomfortable in general. They may even grind their teeth right through the mouth guards.

That’s not a problem with the CustMbite Nightguard because of the patented VistaMaxx material it’s made of. This material is tough but thin, and completely comfortable. It cushions your teeth perfectly because you mold it to fit your mouth specifically. Because the night guard is so comfortable, you are more likely to wear it on a consistent basis, which can help protect your teeth’s enamel over the term of your pregnancy. At the same time, you can protect any expensive dental work you’ve had done from the damage that could be done by bruxism.

The CustMbite Nightguard is easy to custom fit and to care for. It takes only a couple of minutes, a microwave, and a bowl of cold water. You don’t have to mess around with dangerous boiling water like with many other guards. And you won’t have to buy additional mouth guards because you can remold the CustMbite Nightguard as many times as you need to. The guard is also easy to care for. It is made of a material that prevents the absorption of bacteria and can be cleaned with gentle soap and water. You can even toss it in the dishwasher to clean it if that’s easier for you.

Where can I buy a CustMbite Nightguard?

Wearing a mouth guard for sleep when pregnant can make good sleep during pregnancy more possible. Order your CustMbite Nightguard for good sleep during pregnancy today and experience the relief it can provide!

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