Resolve Teeth Grinding Issues with a Protective Mouthguard
Bruxism, also called nighttime teeth grinding, is a common dental problem affecting people of all ages, many of whom are unaware they have this issue. People who unconsciously grind their teeth at night often wake up with headaches, sore jaw muscles, and worn-down teeth. Dental mouthguards provide a practical means of protecting your teeth against the effects of teeth grinding. You can learn more about protective mouthguards from your Waterloo, Ontario dentist at Bayley Dental.
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
Most people who suffer from bruxism aren’t aware of their condition until their dentist points out the telltale signs on their teeth. Grinding teeth can lead to issues such as:
- Headaches and earaches
- Jaw soreness and discomfort
- Damaged teeth (chips, hairline fractures, worn teeth, etc.)
- Painful teeth
- TMJ disorder
- Restless sleep
Some people grind their teeth with such force that they wake up with sore, achy jaw muscles. Jaw pain can contribute to headaches you may experience during the day.
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How Mouthguards Work to Manage Teeth Grinding
A dental mouthguard is a protective oral device worn at night to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of bruxism. Protective mouthguards provide a barrier between your upper and lower teeth to reduce contact while you sleep and minimize jaw clenching that can lead to jaw soreness the next day. Dental mouth guards can help prevent wear and tear on your teeth and reduce tooth pain, headaches, and other bruxism symptoms. A nightguard can even help you sleep better, so you can get the rest you need.
Once you develop the habit of nighttime teeth grinding, it can be difficult to stop. Although nightguards aren’t a permanent fix, they can help relieve bruxism symptoms. Bruxism symptoms are often aggravated by stress and pressure. Learning to manage your stress can also help manage this condition.
To learn more about bruxism causes, symptoms, and treatments, contact Bayley Dental, Waterloo, Ontario, at (519) 895-0582. We’re your one-stop location for all your dental care needs.