Are you waking up with a headache every day? Are your teeth wearing down and sensitive? If yes, you may be one of the many people who grind their teeth at night. The name for teeth grinding is BRUXISM. Many people do not know that they grind their teeth in their sleep, they only know from either someone telling them or when they start noticing the effects of grinding such as worn down teeth and waking up with a headache. It is believed that people grind their teeth at night because of stress. Grinding your teeth not only wears down your enamel, but it also causes sleep deprivation.
Teeth grinding can also cause more expensive dental work to be needed such as crowns, root canals, and dentures. Sometimes, your dentist will suggest that you take a muscle relaxer before you go to sleep at night to relax your jaw muscles so prevent you from grinding your teeth. This will help you sleep and should help with teeth grinding too. If you have been told that you grind your teeth, or are experiencing complications from bruxism, you may need to get a mouthguard.
A mouthguard is a custom fitted tray that will help prevent you from damaging your teeth any more than you already have. Caffeine and nicotine cause stress and often cause your muscles tense, which causes teeth grinding at night. So try to avoid these as often as possible! You can get a cheap mouth guard at a store, but the best place to get a mouth guard is from your dentist. Getting a mouthguard at the dentist is better because it is custom made and therefore perfect for each individuals needs. If you think you may need a mouth guard, please contact Dr. Phillip Greer of Sweet Water Dentistry in Fairhope, AL to se tup a consulation today!