Many people are afflicted by teeth grinding, also called "bruxism." Some people may consciously grind their teeth during the day, but bruxism is a much more common problem at night while we sleep. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down your teeth, cause jaw pain and irritate your gums. The noise from teeth grinding can also disturb your spouse’s sleep.
If you grind your teeth, you should consider a night guard. The night guard, which is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth. All night guards are custom fitted for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. Night guards are very durable and can be used for up to 10 years.
There are other things you can do to try to stop teeth grinding. You can train your jaw to be free and relaxed, rather than clenched. You can refrain from chewing gum or chewing on other objects like pens. You should also avoid drinking alcoholic drinks or drinks containing caffeine in the evening, as these can increase the likelihood you will grind your teeth while you sleep. If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth at night, call us for an appointment.