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There is a reason that all of us at The Knight Guard are concerned about whether our customers are getting enough sleep, that’s because working in the industry we know the importance of a good night's sleep. What many Australians are unaware of is the health related issues that you are at risk of if you are consistently not getting enough quality sleep. So today, we are going to shed some light on what happens when you don’t get the sleep your body needs. Lack of memory: Sleep is a crucial element to your brain storing memories. At night whilst...

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The Knight Guard is aware that not all grinding or clenching occurs during the night, a large portion of the population actually suffer from daytime bruxism/grinding or clenching during the day. This can be problematic for many as people are typically happy to wear a night guard during the night when no one can see and you don’t have to speak or interact with anybody. This is the challenge daytime grinders face as no one wants to be at work interacting with clients or colleagues with a clunky night guard in your teeth. But, do you really want to be...

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Yep, a dog eating your night guard sounds pretty bizarre doesn’t it?! We can’t tell you how many calls we get with distressed or annoyed customers saying their dog ate their night guard/orthodontic retainer and that they need a replacement. Whilst if you are like us, you can never stay mad at your dog... it is a real inconvenience, especially when a night guard from a dentist can cost you up to $1000. So why do dogs go for our mouthguards at any chance they get?  You may already be aware, dogs are attracted to saliva. They love the stuff!...

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So what is TMJ Disorder? TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder, the TMJ is a joint that connects your jaw bone to your skull and is what allows your jaw to open and close, as you can see from the below illustration. TMJ Disorder causes one to feel pain in their jaw joint and muscles controlling your jaw movement. As you can imagine, this makes everyday life very uncomfortable for those suffering and if you are one of those suffering we are sorry! (Ohio Valley Optimal Healthcare, n.d.) If you are suffering from TMJ it’s likely you are experiencing...

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Sleep bruxism as you can imagine can cause many issues for individuals in both the short and the long term. Often one of the biggest problems that occurs with people who suffer from sleep bruxism is that they are unable to identify that they are grinding or clenching during the night. Therefore, the effects of bruxism can cause significant damage to the teeth and be affecting one's well being without them realising. It’s important to pay attention to your body and note any changes, particularly in the teeth or any oral pain. To help identify whether you may be suffering...

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