If you frequently wake up with jaw pain, earaches, or headaches, it may be because you are affected by bruxism, more commonly known as teeth grinding. Many people do not realize they grind their teeth as it most often occurs during sleep. In addition to pain and discomfort, bruxism can cause broken and cracked teeth, or even tooth loss. In that case, night guards are the best solution.
Who is likely to be affected by bruxism?
Several factors can increase your risk of suffering from bruxism:
Age: Although anyone may be affected by bruxism, the condition is most common in young children.
Personality traits: If you are naturally competitive, hyperactive or aggressive, you are more likely to grind your teeth than others.
Emotional state: You are more susceptible to teeth grinding when you are angry, anxious or frustrated.
Medication and substances: Certain psychiatric medication and substances such as tobacco, caffeine and alcohol can be linked to an increased risk of bruxism.
Medical conditions: If you have Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, sleep apnea or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, you may also be affected by bruxism.
If you need an often effective treatment for grinding your teeth, you can be fitted for nightguards at Newton Village Dental Clinic.
What are night guards?
Night guards provide a quick and easy approach to the treatment of bruxism. A night guard is a device made from a clear acrylic material that is inserted over your top or bottom arch to prevent direct contact with the opposing teeth. Although some night guards are available over the counter, custom-made night guards are more effective in managing the symptoms of teeth grinding. They are also more comfortable and durable.