Are You a Night-Grinder?
Most people who grind their teeth at night don't even realize it. If you think you might be a night-grinder, ask yourself some questions. Does it seem that your teeth are fitting together in new and perplexing ways? Are you sure that you don't have cavities, but you still experience sensitive teeth that look like they've been filed down? Does your sleep partner complain that sleeping next to you is akin to the sound of fingernails scraping along a chalkboard?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you could be suffering from bruxism. Bruxism is not an uncommon nighttime phenomena. It may be mild and sporadic or seemingly unending and frequent. And sure, during times of intense duress, some of you may even find yourself grinding away during waking hours. The big difference is that during waking hours, it's easy to correct behavior as you notice it. But spending every night grinding away in your sleep not knowing there's a problem and the results could render your teeth useless or you toothless.
The most effective solution for preventing teeth grinding is to wear a night guard for teeth.
Causes and Next Steps
Although the causes of tooth-grinding aren't fully known, stress may be a contributing factor. Other schools of thought chock this condition up to sleeping problems, crooked or missing teeth, or a malocclusion.
What is known is that those who grind or clench their teeth often wake with pain in their facial region and teeth. The teeth of those who grind are prone to damage such as cracks, factures and even tooth erosion of the dentin (the soft area underneath the tooth's enamel). If you suspect you or someone you love is a tooth-grinder, make an appointment to see a dentist right away. A night guard could be the solution that puts an end to the pain and damage.
Remember, your teeth deserve a rest, and so do you. Whether you're going through a phase or not, the damage that you may be doing can mean expensive repair work down the road. That's why it's always advised to find out whether you need a dental night guard earlier rather than later.
If you don't have a dentist, call us at 1-866-970-9853 to set up your next dental appointment. When in doubt, keep in mind that prevention with a night mouth guard today may very well mean peace-of-mind and a better financial situation tomorrow!