Many people are afflicted with bruxism, the clenching of teeth. Some people may do this consciously during the day, but it is a larger problem at night while asleep. This is called nocturnal bruxism. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down your teeth, cause jaw pain, and irritate your gums. In more extreme cases noise from teeth grinding can disturb your spouse’s sleep.
If you grind your teeth, especially at night, you should consider a night guard. The night guard, similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep, preventing excess wear. All night guards are custom fitted to your mouth for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. We will take an impression of your teeth and have the night guard created by our dental lab. Our quality night guards are very durable and can be used for up to 10 years.
There are also some other tactics that you can do to try to stop teeth grinding. You can train your jaw to be free and loose rather than clenched. Refrain from chewing gum or on other objects like pens. You should also avoid caffeine and alcoholic drinks, as these can increase the likelihood you will grind your teeth. If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth at night, call us and set up an appointment. The longer you wait the more damage will be done.