Posts Tagged ‘ Bruxism ’

Nights Guards Protect Teeth From Harmful Grinding

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Buying the right night guard is the solution to excruciating pain caused by grinding.

We’ve all been there. Whether you’ve had a tough work week or are going through a lot in your personal life, stress can alter your body’s equilibrium in many ways. Grinding the teeth at night is a sign of being overwhelmed. Often, you won’t be aware of your nightly oral clenching until you feel it in your jaws the next day. The added pressure, scraping, and shifting that occurs while forcefully biting down cause serious dental problems. Being aware of the signs and consulting a professional dentist about possible solutions will help keep those pearly whites strong and shining! Read on to find out if you are, in fact, grinding your teeth at night and how night guards can help!


How To Choose the Right Mouth Guard

Friday, April 1st, 2016

If you’ve been diagnosed with bruxism, your dentist has probably recommended that you use a custom dental guard, which is also called an occlusal splint. Dental guards are not cheap however, and purchasing one from your dentist may cost as much as $500. If the hefty price tag nearly gave you a heart attack, don’t worry, ordering online can reduce this cost to nearly a fifth. Depending on how severe your bruxism is and your specific mouthguard needs, there are numerous mouth guard options online. When you choose a night mouth guard online, it will cost between $100-200 and last from 6 months to 5 years. Keep these things in mind when you choose a night mouth guard.

Photo: Protect your teeth with a good mouth guard

Protect that beautiful smile with a good night mouth guard


Night Guards from Your Catonsville Dentist

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

night guardBruxing 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

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What is Bruxism? Tooth Grinding of Course!

Friday, January 31st, 2014


If you are like most people, you probably have no idea what Bruxism is, right? Well, what about tooth grinding? Now that sounds familiar. Well, guess what? Bruxism is tooth grinding! And it affects 30 million to 40 million children and adults throughout the United States.

Bruxism Overview

Do you grind your teeth? No? Well, you may suffer from bruxism and not even know it. Whoa! So be on the lookout for the following symptoms and warning signs:

  1. Your husband, wife, roommate, or parents may hear a grinding sound at night. That could be you grinding your teeth.
  2. Do you suffer from dull morning headaches? Another symptom!
  3. Maybe you notice that your jaw muscles feel tight and painful after you wake up. That could be from grinding your teeth.
  4. What about long-lasting pain in your face? Yup! Another symptom.
  5. Your dentist may notice damaged or broken teeth and dental fillings. Of course, this is only if you visit your dentist regularly. Hint, hint!

Bruxism Treatment

If you notice any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. He or she will try to get to the root of the issue. They will examine your teeth and gums and ask you about your dental health, any increases in stress, and any medicines you may be taking. All could be possible triggers for bruxism. A more detailed exam may follow if your dentist suspects that your bruxism is related to dental problems.

If not treated properly, bruxism can break dental fillings, damage teeth and tooth enamel, and lead to sensitivity. Fortunately, bruxism is fairly easily treatable. Treatment of bruxism varies depending on its cause:

  1. If your bruxism is stress-related, professional counseling may help. Or you could try stress relieving exercises and techniques.
  2. If your bruxism is the side effect of medicine, your doctor may switch your prescription.
  3. If your bruxism is the result of a dental issue, your dentist will correct tooth alignment.

If you have any questions about bruxism, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit

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Stress can affect your Oral Health :: Catonsville, Maryland Dentists

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Your body is an interconnected system. Any change to one aspect of your health can have an impact on another. For instance, did you know that stress can affect your oral health? Well, it can! Stress can lead to several oral health issues including:

  • Canker Sores: Experts believe stress could be linked to the development of canker sores, small ulcers that appear inside the mouth.
  • Cold Sores: Also known as fever blisters, cold sores are fluid filled blisters that often appear around the lips. Increased stress can trigger a cold sore outbreak.
  • Bruxism: Better known as teeth grinding, bruxism can be caused by stress, which causes you to clench your teeth subconsciously.
  • Unhealthy Eating Routine: Stress has been known to cause people to develop unhealthy eating habits, which could have a negative impact on your overall oral health.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Being stressed can cause people to alter than daily routine, often skipping oral health practices like brushing and flossing because they feel rushed.
  • Periodontal Disease: Better known as gum disease, periodontal disease can also be affected by stress, which has been known to cause an increase in dental plaque. And as you know from previous blog posts, dental plaque is one of the leading contributors to gum disease.

If you have any questions about Stress and Oral Health, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit

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How Stress Affects Your Oral Health