Studies have indicated that over half of the population unknowingly grind or clench their teeth while they are sleeping. Signs of grinding, or bruxing, are worn teeth, a tender jaw, morning headaches or neck pain. Over time, bruxing can result in broken and sensitive teeth.
To protect the teeth from these damaging effects, a simple device from your dentist, commonly known as a nightguard, can be worn. This custom-made, acrylic appliance fits comfortably over either the top or bottom teeth to protect them. The nightguard will also help to relax the jaw muscles, helping to relieve jaw soreness and neck pain.
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Bruxism is another term for grinding or clenching of the teeth. People with bruxism usually do it unconsciously, and it can happen during the day or during sleep. In severe cases, bruxism can damage the teeth, cause headaches, and affect the jaw joint negatively.
Visit your dental office if you show any signs of bruxism. These can include flattened, chipped or cracked teeth, headaches or facial pain, jaw joint pain, sensitive teeth, or indentations on your tongue. Your partner may even be able to hear you grinding during the night.
There are several possible causes of bruxism, and each individual case is different. Stress is a common cause, as is malocclusion (an abnormal bite). Pain from teething or toothaches can also cause grinding. Some psychiatric medications can cause bruxism. Even simply having an aggressive personality can lead to the condition manifesting. Read More…
Standing between oral bacteria and tooth decay is your tooth enamel. This mineralized coating that surrounds teeth acts as a barrier to destructive bacteria that cause cavities and weaken teeth. It’s important to understand dental anatomy to develop an understanding of how to protect tooth enamel (and your teeth) from damage. Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in your body; in fact, it’s harder than bone. Although enamel is tough and durable, it can be damaged by common habits and lifestyle choices. Exposure to acid and teeth grinding can weaken enamel. Following are some helpful tips for protecting the health of your teeth. Read More…
Everyone has bad habits, but if they’re ones that may be affecting the health of your teeth and gums, you should develop a plan to break them ASAP. Talk to your dentist for any advice on ways that you can improve your oral health by getting rid of these bad habits.
Here are a few that are particularly notorious for potential harm to a patient’s oral health. Make it a priority to improve on these if any of them are relevant for you.
- Chewing on things – especially hard objects – that aren’t food: Items like ice cubes, pencils and fingernails can be hard on your teeth. If you have a tendency to chew on these things to ease your anxiety, you may have an increased likelihood of damaging your teeth or injuring your gums.
- Grinding your teeth: Some patients may not even realize that they’re doing this, but bruxism (grinding of the teeth) can cause the teeth to wear prematurely. If you notice signs of uneven wear and tear on your teeth, talk to your dentist to see if you might be grinding your teeth.