Many people are afflicted with bruxism, or teeth grinding. Some people may do this consciously or subconsciously during the day, but it is a larger problem at night while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down teeth and dental restorations, cause jaw pain, irritate your gums, lead to headaches and much more. The noise from teeth grinding can also disturb your spouse's sleep if loud enough.
If you grind your teeth you should consider a night guard. A night guard provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. Our night guards are custom fitted for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. We will take a digital scan of your teeth and have the night guard created by a dental lab.
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 you might be grinding your teeth at night set up an appointment with us today.