If you grind your teeth you may or may not know you do. You are not alone. Many people are afflicted with bruxism, or teeth grinding. Some people may do this consciously or unknowingly during the day. However, it is most often a larger problem at night while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, crack teeth, wear down teeth, incur jaw pain, or irritate your gums. Our dentist, Dr. Bruggeman, can usually tell if you grind your teeth as signs of grinding do show.
Considering a night guard? 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. Dr. Bruggeman 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 many years.
Other things you can do to stop grinding
- Try to 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 Bruggeman Dental today.