Teeth Grinding Prevention
Are you grinding your teeth away at night? Find out how you can really stop grinding your teeth.
The role of night guards
One of the most popular night guard is the Dental Hygiene Preferred Complete Day/Night Mouth Guard Kit. Easy to wear, it comes with two guards, a small one for a small mouth and a larger one to fit a bigger mouth. To soften them, you need to boil them first to allow them to take the shape of your dental line when you bite in them. In the event you’ve done it wrong the first time, and find that that the bite does not fit your mouth perfectly on the first night, you can put the guard back in boiling water to correct it.
With a good dental night guard, you will be able to sleep a lot better. Make sure that when you try your new mouth guard for grinding teeth, that it stays nicely in place all night long and that it protects your jaw and teeth without bothering your sleep. If you notice any pain in your jaw, face or temples from over clenching your jaw, it is important that your seek the help of a dentist or orthodontist.
If your are not satisfied with your first product, try other brands and models, as every mouth and teeth are different, and you may prefer a brand over another one. Remember that it is important to take care of your teeth. Most people forget that dental care can involve more than just brushing and flossing. Excessive grinding of the teeth or bruxism can cause damages the teeth and it is important that your seek for therapies or treatments, and that your consult your dentist to know more about the different options for you, such as a mouth guard you wear at night.
FAQs about Bruxism
What is it?
Teeth grinding also called bruxism happens when you involuntary clench, grind and gnash your teeth, usually at night, when asleep. A lot of people (about 50%) do grind their teeth, but only 5% are forceful teeth grinders and bruxe on a regular basis.
When awake, the reason for people to grind they teeth can be the result of physical stress, caused by reasons such as anger, concentrating on a something very intensively or simply anxiety. While the problem can be easily stopped during day time, at night, people who teeth grind in their sleep can’t generally realize it. The problems can be so severe that the the noise can sometimes wake up the spouse, partner or roommate who shares the same bed or bedroom.
Common signs of bruxism or teeth grinding can be:
* Grinding sounds when the person is asleep
* Recurrent headaches, jaw joint and/or ear pain
* Teeth aches, especially after waking up in the morning
* Face stiffness or aches, especially after waking up in the morning
* Jaw aches or stiffness when eating and chewing at breakfast
* Clenching of the jaw caused by anger, anxiety or concentrating
* Teeth that are more sensitive to variation in food temperature
* Chipped or cracked tooth enamel
* Linea alba
* Mobile teeth.
Excessive teeth grinding and clenching can cause permanent damages to the teeth, including cracked tooth enamel, excessive wear and tear on the teeth and even broken teeth or restorations, leading to hundreds of dollars of repairs at the dentist office. If you suffer from day bruxism, seek help and tips to stop clenching your jaw when stressed. At night, it is more difficult, even impossible for you to realize that your are grinding your teeth. Bruxism night guard are a great and cheap alternative to the costly custom fitted mouth guard.