Do you grind your teeth at night during sleep?
This is a habit known as Bruxism. Bruxism is defined as involuntarily grinding teeth, often occurring while sleeping. This condition can affect all age groups. Either during the day, but mostly at night.
Some aren’t aware that they grind their teeth until informed by their partner or family member. Nor do they have any symptoms. Others may experience waking up with tight jaw muscles or pain (Temporomandibular Joint – TMJ), headaches, or tooth pain. Severe long term effects to oral health may lead to damage to natural teeth, or restorations including crowns or bridges, or other issues with the jaw. Tooth damage may include, wearing down of enamel, decay, increased sensitivity and even tooth loss.
Bruxism is a condition that can be linked to people with suffer from; anger, pain, anxiety, stress or frustration.
Often kids can outgrow this habit without treatment. While some adults don’t grind or clench their teeth strong enough.
A common dental approach may include a splint or mouth guard. These are specifically designed to keep teeth separated. Protecting the teeth similar to a sports Mouth Guard. Helping to avoid damage caused hard clenching and grinding. This is also quite cost effective when taking into consideration the oral health issues that may result due to neglect.
Dental Night Guards are custom fitted to each individual. This provides extreme comfort during sleep. They made of a thin durable plastic that helps to absorb the impact between teeth.