Bruxing is the act of grinding your teeth together in your sleep. This is problematic for a few different reasons. It can cause you to grind down the enamel on your teeth (which can be very painful). It can also cause problems with your bite that can make it difficult to chew and speak. Bruxism is a problem that can develop at a very young age and continue throughout your lifetime if you don’t take the proper steps to try to treat it, or at least prevent it from causing problems with your oral health. It can also cause other problems not directly related to your oral health. There is a solution, though: night guards.
What are the benefits of getting a night guard?
- Minimize headaches – One problem that people with bruxism frequently experience is frequent, painful headaches. If you’re waking up in the middle of the night with headaches and you haven’t figured out why yet, it may be because you’ve developed bruxism. Wearing a night guard can help reduce the headaches associated with this problem.
- Protect Your Teeth – We get two sets of teeth in life: baby teeth and adult teeth. If adult teeth become too worn or are no longer working properly, we don’t get a second chance without the help of veneers or implants. Taking care of your teeth is important – this means more than just brushing and flossing. If you know that you’ve developed bruxism, wearing your night guard regularly can help you keep those permanent teeth.
- Sleep Better – Bruxism can increase snoring and make it harder to breathe at night. This can make it difficult for both you and your partner to get a full night of rest. If you’re not clenching your teeth together, you’ll have an easier time getting air through at night, which will help with the snoring, the pain, and the general loss of oxygen.
- Be More Comfortable – Normal activities can become more difficult if you’ve developed bruxism. If your bite is off, it causes eating to be more complicated. You’re also likely to become sensitive to very hot or very cold foods, making ice cream or coffee difficult to get past your mouth. If you don’t get the problem taken care of early on, it can loosen teeth, which can also be rather uncomfortable.
Bruxism is a serious problem that affects many people. If you think that you’ve developed bruxism, you may want to consult your Catonsville dentist about a night guard. If you have any questions about Custom Night Guards or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.
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