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Teeth grinding and clenching, also known as Bruxism, is pretty common and can be painful and destructive to teeth. Bruxism is fairly common and some may not even be aware of their own grinding. Some Bruxism symptoms you may suffer from are:

  • Teeth grinding
  • Waking up with dull headaches
  • Jaw soreness
  • Facial pain
  • Fatigue from lack of sleep
Occasional teeth grinding may not cause any real concerns, but long-term, consistent Bruxism can lead to broken teeth, loss of tooth enamel, and in severe cases, loss of teeth or supporting bone and gum tissue.

The exact cause is unknown, but it’s believed that stress and anxiety play the biggest role. Other causes may also be alcohol use, cigarettes, caffeine, sleep apneasnoring, an abnormal bite, and crooked teeth.

Most cases of Bruxism can easily be treated by wearing a night guard for teeth while you sleep. Nightguards for teeth are also known as dental guards, mouth guards, nocturnal bite plates, or bite splints. They work by putting a barrier between your teeth. When you clench your jaw, the night guard for teeth helps to lighten the tension and give cushion to the muscles in the jaw. This cushioning not only helps to prevent face and jaw pain, but also protects the enamel of your teeth. They look very similar to snoring remedies.

There are a few different types of night guards, and the type that will work best for you depends on your individual needs.

Need a Night Guard? Call Mount Pleasant Dental Group at 604-559-9955 to schedule an appointment to discuss your needs for the appliance and have a custom guard made just for you!

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