Do you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep?
If you do, or if you know someone who does, you may also have heard that night guards can be worn while you sleep to help alleviate the damage caused by pressing or rubbing your teeth together.
How do you know if you clench or grind your teeth while you sleep?
If you wake up in the morning with a headache, or if your jaws are sore or tender, these may be signs that you are clenching your teeth when you thought you were getting a good nights sleep. There are other signs, like earaches and neck pain, or you may have noticed youve recently developed an increased sensitivity to hot or cold food or drinks.
Night guards have been developed to help alleviate the damage caused by clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep. You wear night guards to cover your teeth and protect your tooth enamel and any fillings you may have.
Night guards can also help prevent damage that teeth clenching and grinding can cause to your fillings. It is possible to grind your teeth together with enough pressure to crack a tooth or demolish a filling. But night guards can help protect your teeth from this pressure.
What causes teeth clenching or teeth grinding?
Some people, dentists included, will tell you that clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep is related to the stress you are experiencing in your daily life. You head for bed welcoming a reprieve from the day only to take that stress to sleep with you. So instead of getting some much needed time away from the stress and getting a good nights sleep, you clench and unclench our jaws and grind your teeth as you sleep. Night guards worn while you are sleeping would help alleviate some of the pressure that is being put on your teeth, which in turn will reduce the amount of damage that is being done to your tooths enamel surface and the fillings that you dont want to have to replace.
Why You Might Need Snore Guards
For some, the grinding of teeth is a result of improper positioning of the teeth. Night guards can be effective in protecting your teeth until those teeth can be brought back into proper alignment.
Clenching or grinding your teeth can also be a response to pain somewhere in the body. Your body may try to deal with the pain by clenching your jaws together while you sleep and you may wake up with headaches or not even be aware that a tooth has been cracked or chipped while you were sleeping. While your body is healing from this other injury or illness you may find it helpful to wear night guards to protect your teeth.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or know someone else who is, ask your dentist if night guards would be helpful for you.