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Kenneth L.Westbrook, DDS, PA | Night Guards in Morehead City

Kenneth L. Westbrook, DDS, P. A.
252-726-5778

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and based off the Strong Recommendations from the ADA (American Dental Association) and the NC State Dental Board we will be rescheduling all non-emergent appointments beginning Today, March 17th-March 27th. As of now we will be available from 8am-12pm Tuesday-Thursday for emergency appointments only or on a day to day basis. We will also be working with limited staff during this time. If you have an emergency please call our office at 252-726-5778 and we will schedule you at a time during these hours, so that we can minimize the number of patients we see as well as the number of patients in our waiting room. Again, please call before visiting our office to ensure you can be seen during these times. Should you have an appointment after this date and our office is going to be closed longer a member of our staff will contact you.

We recommend any elderly patients or those with underlying health conditions reschedule their appointments for a later date.

We ask that you DO NOT visit our office for ANY reason if you or a family member (including caregivers) has experienced fever, a persistent cough, or other flu-like symptoms within the last two weeks. You can call our office and we will be happy to guide you as to what to do or when/if we can see you.

The health of our patients, our families, and our staff are our top priority. We will continue to keep a close eye on all recommendations made in the weeks to come.

Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns. If we are unavailable please leave a message and we will return your call in a timely manner. We also will have an emergency call system in place to assist you in case of an after hours emergency. Just call our office and follow the prompts.

We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. This is new territory for us all, but we promise to do all we can to be here for our patients as well as help keep our community safe.

General Family Dentistry 

3708 Symi Circle

Morehead City, NC

 

Night Guards
 
Kenneth L.Westbrook, DDS, PA in Morehead City NC

Many people are afflicted with bruxism, or teeth grinding. Some people may do this consciously during the day, but it is a larger problem at night while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, or irritate your gums. The noise from teeth grinding can also disturb your spouse's sleep if loud enough.

If you grind your teeth you should consider a night guard. The night guard, which is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. All night guards are custom fitted for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and have the night guard created by a dental lab. Night guards are very durable and can be used for up to 10 years.

There are also some things that you can do to try to stop teeth grinding. You can train your jaw to be free and easy rather than clenched. Refrain from chewing gum or on other objects like pens. You should also avoid alcoholic drinks and drinks with caffeine, as these can increase the likelihood you will grind your teeth. If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth at night set up an appointment with us today.

 
 
 
Morehead City Dentist | Night Guards. Kenneth L. Westbrook, DDS is a Morehead City Dentist.