Do you have a problem with grinding your teeth at night when you sleep? If so, you may need to visit your dentist to receive a mouth guard to prevent this.
Grinding your teeth is medically called bruxism. Bruxism affects about 8% of people. Many people don't even notice that they grind their teeth while they sleep until they notice some minor changes in their teeth, or if someone tells them that they do it. Grinding your teeth may cause problems that will need further dental treatment, so it is best to get a mouthguard early, before more problems arise. Grinding your teeth may end up in tooth sensitivity, teeth loosening, or even worse, losing a tooth or many teeth.
Some people grind their teeth because of stress or anxiety. Another reason for teeth grinding is an uneven bite, or even missing teeth can cause one to grind their teeth while asleep. Bruxism (teeth grinding) may also be caused by sleeping disorders, such sleep apnea! Some effects of bruxism, teeth grinding are: waking up with a headache, chipped teeth, and TMJ. If you wake up with a headache most days, that may be a sign that you grind your teeth at night. Chipped teeth are also a sign of bruxism. If you have a chipped tooth, you may need further dental treatment, and that can get expensive! TMJ, is when the muscles around your jaw become inflamed and start to hurt. TMJ is also when your jaw seems to "pop" when you open it. Grinding your teeth will also cause you to lose good sleep at night, which isn't good for anyone!
If you think you may grind your teeth while you sleep, it may be time to visit Dr. Phillip Greer of Sweet Water Dentistry for an exam to see if you need a mouth guard!
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