The Benefits of a Dental Night Guard

March 01, 2016

Natural Horizons Wellness Centers

In This Issue:

  • The Benefits of a Dental Night Guard
  • Join Us for a Fall Smoothie Challenge!

The Benefits of a Dental Night Guard

Many of us suffer from TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder), a painful condition of the jaw joint that can make it difficult to chew or speak. TMD affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), located near the ear on each side of the head. While there are conservative self care practices, including eating softer foods and avoiding chewing gum, that can minimize painful symptoms, one of the most effective ways to help TMD and TMJ is to use a night guard.

Why are night guards so helpful?Benefits of a Night Guard

When it comes to jaw disorders the side effects can range from headaches, earaches, sensitive teeth, and general pain and discomfort in the jaw area. Using a night guard prevents the upper and lower teeth from coming into contact at night, which decreases the effects of clenching and grinding. By preventing nighttime grinding, you can also prevent costly tooth damage, such as damage to fillings, chipped teeth, and overall wear of tooth enamel. A night guard also keeps teeth in alignment, which can help alleviate jaw pain. And when your jaw is in alignment the muscles can relax, allowing you to sleep better.

There are many benefits to including a night guard to help address TMJ and TMD, and to boost your dental wellness regimen. To schedule a consultation with one of our dentists to see if a night guard is right for you, call us at 703-246-9355. For more information about all of our dental services, please visit our website.

Join Us For A Fall Smoothie Challenge!

by Elaine Gibson, Cancer victor & disease prevention expert

Smoothies have never really been a part of my regime because I am such a huge green juiceaholic! Recently, however, my husband and I have been enjoying them in the afternoon and we are loving this addition. We have more energy and even sleep better.

My concern about smoothies is that most folks make them with loads of fruit and think they are being healthy. While researching on how I could beat stage IV cancer, it became crystal clear that a high alkaline lifestyle is paramount.

I totally get that folks need to be able to make something quickly in order to fit it into their very busy life. For this reason, I decided to create a smoothie program that offers you important guidance on how to create a healthy smoothie that you will love. Renewed Living 7 Day Smoothie Challenge will educate you on the best smoothie formula I know.

As we move in to the crazy busy season, my goal is to keep you filled with ideas on staying healthy, energized and even help you keep those extra pounds from creeping up when you are not looking. Step up. Make a vibrant disease free life your #1 priority! Smoothies are a great way to get fiber, vitamins, and minerals - all served up in one glass that you can take on the go.To help get you started in this fun and easy way to add smoothies to your life, I have created a FREE smoothie challenge! Get more information at and sign up to join us!

About Elaine Gibson:

Cited as One of the Top 10 Most Inspirational Natural Cancer Survivors by Extreme Health

Radio, Elaine Gibson is proof that lifestyle matters. Having beaten Stage IV Cancer without traditional protocols, she shares her hard won lessons so that you can lose weight, have more energy and renew your health. Today Elaine is a raw food educator, chef, author, sought after coach, speaker and a green juicing lovin' grandmother of twelve! Check her out at

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