Do you grind your teeth? You are not alone. 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, incur jaw pain, or irritate your gums. The least effect may simply be noise that can disturb your spouse’s sleep if loud enough.
If you grind your teeth you should seriously consider a night guard. The night guard is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes. It provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. Every night guard is custom fitted and molded for your mouth. 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.
Other things you can do to stop grinding
- You can train your jaw to be free and easy rather than clenched.
- Refrain from chewing gum or on other objects like pens.
- 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.