Bruxism is excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching. It is a common condition that may occur during the day or at night during sleep. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, or irritate your gums.
When teeth grinding occurs, a night guard should be considered. A night guard is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, and provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. All night guards are custom fitted and should be checked regularly by a dentist to ensure the fit remains.
There are also some tips that may help to reduce grinding. You can "train" your jaw to be free and easy rather than clenched. Refrain from chewing gum or on other objects like pens. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks before sleep, as these can increase the likelihood you will grind your teeth.
If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth, or are noticing some of the symptoms of grinding mentioned above, call us to book an appointment.