Bruxism and Night Guards
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common problem. Many people who grind their teeth consciously during the day are unaware that it is a bigger problem at night during sleep. Grinding teeth can damage tooth enamel and cause jaw pain and gum irritation.
Bruxism can be prevented by relaxing the jaw and limiting behaviors such as gum chewing, alcohol, and caffeine. Individuals who suspect that they may be grinding their teeth at night should consult with a dentist.
Patients who grind their teeth should consider being fitted for a night guard. Night guards are very similar to the mouth guards worn by athletes and provide a protective barrier between top and bottom teeth during sleep. Dentists are able to provide custom-fitted night guards for optimal comfort and breathing. Custom night guards are very durable and can last up to ten years.