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. Teeth grinding can become very loud when sleeping and disturb your spouse’s sleep.
A night guard should be considered if you grind your teeth. A night guard provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep, which is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes. 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. Because teeth grinding is caused by our muscles you can train your jaw to not clench and be free and easy. It is important to not chewing gum or on other objects like pens. Alcoholic drinks and drinks with caffeine should be avoided, 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.