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5 Signs You Need a Nightguard to Protect Against Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a sensation that usually occurs while a patient is sleeping. Teeth grinding is a common problem; It affects 10 percent of people and as many as 15 percent of children, according to the American Sleep Association.

When this occurs, it means you’re grinding your teeth unknowingly, which can lead to jaw soreness and headaches. If you continue to grind your teeth and don’t seek treatment, you can have more severe problems, such as misalignment and cracked or damaged teeth. However, with proper treatment, it’s not a serious problem, and a nightguard is an easy treatment solution.

People often ask whether they need a nightguard. You may not realize you’re grinding your teeth because, of course, you’re asleep! Here are some signs that you should try a nightguard.

  1. You often wake up with a headache, jaw soreness and/or a popping or clicking sound in your jaw. Headaches and jaw soreness are the most common signs of grinding your teeth in your sleep. These two symptoms, combined with an abnormal sound coming from your jaw, are significant signs of teeth grinding.
  2.  You are experiencing stress or anxiety. Stress and anxiety are the leading causes of teeth grinding; they can cause you to clench your jaw while sleeping. If you have been experiencing stress and/or anxiety and have noticed other symptoms of teeth grinding, you should make an appointment with Dr. Banik to discuss getting fitted for a nightguard.
  3. You have an abnormal bite or crooked and/or missing teeth. If you have an abnormal bite or crooked and/or missing teeth, you are more prone to teeth grinding. Action does not need to be taken if you are not experiencing symptoms, but if you are, it is a good idea to make an appointment.
  4. You have a sleep disorder. Patients who have sleep disorders can experience teeth grinding. If you have a sleep disorder such as Sleep Apnea, contact us to discuss solutions.
  5. Your partner complains about it. Some people grind their teeth so loudly their partner can hear it. If yours reports hearing crunching or odd sounds, talk to your dentist.

About Nightguards
A nightguard is a thin, durable mouth insert that keeps you from grinding your teeth at night. They are slightly different than a mouthguard you might wear for sports. Nightguards protect a patient’s teeth while also being comfortable enough to wear while sleeping.

We recommend a custom Nightguard for the best fit. You can order nightguards online, but they won’t fit well, making it uncomfortable to wear.

During your visit with us, the team will take an impression of your teeth. The material is shaped around the mold and made sure to fit perfectly around your teeth impressions. The impression process only takes a few minutes, and we’ll call you back in a week or two to try it out so we can confirm a good fit. Dr. Banik will also talk to you about proper usage and care.

If you think you might be grinding your teeth, contact us for an appointment or ask us about it during your next dental visit.

Bruxism: Do You Clench and Grind Your Teeth?

A habit that many people have and might not even know it is clenching and grinding the teeth, otherwise known as bruxism. Bruxism can lead to enamel erosion, broken teeth, lost fillings, and pain. The tricky thing about it is that many tend to do it in their sleep, which means they might not be aware that it’s even occurring until damage has been done. Read on to find out the signs that you are clenching and grinding, along with tips on what to do about it.

Signs of Bruxism

You might catch yourself clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth during the day. Or you might not know that you’re doing it. One sign of grinding in your sleep is jaw pain and headaches in the morning. Another is that your molars feel tender. Finally, if you have a sleeping partner, he or she might complain that you are making grinding sounds in your sleep. Your dentist will be able to tell if you are grinding your teeth because your enamel will often wear down on your molars.

Reducing Stress

Many people who grind and clench their teeth do so as a reaction to stress. Today’s lifestyles tend to be stressful: Work, children, household chores, volunteer positions, errands, and going back to school as an adult all can pile up and make us feel very overwhelmed. Bruxism becomes a habit much like nail-biting or smoking in times of stress.

You can reduce stress by being aware of it. Exercising daily can reduce stress and bruxism. So can getting enough sleep. Yoga and meditation are more strategies to try.

Getting a Mouthguard

In the meantime, your dentist can fit you for a mouthguard, which is a removable appliance that you wear while you sleep. You can grind your teeth against it and it will help prevent tooth damage and pain.

If you believe you are clenching and grinding your teeth, give us a call to schedule an appointment. We can fit you for a mouthguard and let you know about any dental work that needs to be done.