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Nighttime tooth grinding is a sleep disorder that can have serious side effects. Also known as “sleep bruxism,” adults who grind their teeth may awake to a headache, sore jaw joints, sore jaw muscles, or chipped and worn teeth. In some cases, there may be no symptoms, but the noise of your teeth grinding may disrupt your sleep or the sleep of your family members.
Tooth grinding occurs more frequently in children; most outgrow it by age twelve. However, it’s not uncommon for adults to begin grinding their teeth during times of stress or anxiety. According to one study, about 8 percent of adults grind their teeth while asleep.
To protect your teeth and prevent tooth grinding and further damage from occurring, we at Carolina Family Dental recommend scheduling an appointment with Dr. Banik to see if a custom nightguard may be right for you.
Nightguards put a barrier between your teeth to prevent grinding. The barrier cushions the jaw muscles and protects your teeth enamel. People also often find they stop snoring problems. You might hear them called mouthguards, bite plates, or bite splints, though in our uses, mouthguard usually refers to the type used by athletes.
You can purchase nightguards over-the-counter, but a custom nightguard will feel more comfortable and last longer.
Contact us or ask us on your next visit about making a custom nightguard.