Teeth grinding, or bruxism is a condition many people deal with. Teeth grinding may be something that is done consciously during the day, but it is usually more of a problem at night when you are sleeping. Grinding your teeth can wear down your teeth, damage enamel, cause jaw pain, or cause irritation to your gums. The noise from grinding your teeth can also disturb your spouse’s sleep if it is loud enough.
If you grind your teeth you should consider a night guard. This night guard provides a barrier between your bottom and top teeth while you sleep. All night guards are custom fit for comfort and limited disturbance while you sleep. Dr. Pastrell 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 up to 10 years.
There are also some things that you can do to try to stop grinding your teeth. You can train your jaw to be free and easy rather than clenched. Refrain from chewing gum or on other objects like pens. You should also 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 us today.