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 sibling’s or spouse's sleep if loud enough.
If you grind your teeth, you should consider a dental 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 dental 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 that you might be grinding your teeth at night, please set up an appointment with us today. We will get you comfortable, perfectly sized, and easy-to-use dental night guards.
Why Is Teeth Grinding Harmful to Your Health?
While grinding teeth while you are sleeping or unconsciously clenching your teeth when you are awake might seem harmless, it can deteriorate your oral health in reality. Though mild bruxism doesn’t cause serious complications, severe teeth grinding can damage your teeth and can also lead to:
- Jaw disorders
- Tension-type headaches
- Damaged teeth restoration such as crowns
- Severe facial or jaw pain
- Disorders in temporomandibular joints (TMJ) that are located right in front of your ears, that may produce a sound like clicking when you open or close your mouth
Therefore, it is important to protect your teeth with dental night guards if you suffer from bruxism.
How to Identify That You Might Suffer from Bruxism?
Many people don’t realize they are grinding their teeth until someone else points it out to them. Some of the signs and symptoms that may indicate you have bruxism and need dental night guards are:
- You have flattened, fractured, or chipped teeth for no other apparent reason
- You have worn tooth enamel, leaving the deeper layers of the tooth exposed
- You are experiencing increased tooth pain or tooth sensitivity
- You have tired or tight jaw muscles or a locked jaw that doesn’t open or close completely
- You experience pain or soreness in your jaw, neck, or face.
- You experience pain that feels like an earache but your ear is completely fine
- You feel a dull headache that starts in the temples
- Your sleep is disrupted or your partner complains about not being able to sleep because of your teeth-grinding problem
If you experience one or more of the above symptoms, please schedule an appointment for dental night guards with us today.