Bruxism or teeth grinding affects many people. While some do it consciously during the day, it becomes a larger problem when you do it at night while asleep. It can damage enamel, irritate gums, cause jaw pain and wear down teeth. Your spouse’s sleep might also be disturbed if the noise from teeth grinding gets loud enough.
You should consider a night guard if you grind your teeth. Similar to the mouth guard worn by athletes, the night guard acts as a barrier between the top and bottom teeth when you sleep. Night guards are all custom fitted in order to allow proper breathing and comfort. The dentist will create the night guard from an impression taken from your teeth. Night guards can be used for up to ten years and can be very durable.
You can also do some things to stop yourself from grinding your teeth. Training your jaw to be free and easy rather than clenched is one of them. Other things you can do are refraining from chewing gum or on objects such as pens, refraining from drinking alcoholic or caffeinated drinks which are likely to increase likelihood of grinding teeth. If you think you might be grinding your teeth during night time, schedule an appointment with us to allow us to help you today.
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Protective Mouth Guards
In any form of contact sports, mouth guards are essential, and should be worn by athletes participating in sports like:
- …any sport where contact is a possibility.
Mouth guards not only prevent structural damage to teeth and jaw, but also help prevent injuries such as laceration of cheeks, tongue and lips in addition to help decrease the risk of concussions. While mouth guards are available in any sporting goods store, these might not provide the best level of protection as they are usually ill-fitting and uncomfortable.
In order to ensure highest level of protection and comfort, a custom mouth guard fitting is recommended. We create a custom mouth guard built specifically for YOUR mouth’s optimal protection. Created from thin plastic hardened to protect your teeth, the thinness of the custom mouth guards allows easy breathing and easy communication.
Schedule an appointment today for a custom mouth guard so that you can maintain your highest level of performance in the field, court or rink.