What is Bruxism?
Bruxism, commonly known as teeth clenching, is a dangerous unconscious habbit. It often occurs during sleep and even during short naps. Bruxism may cause indentation of the teeth, wear of the bitting surface, abfractions and cracks in the teeth. Some people even suffer from TMJ problems due to their teeth clenching habbits.
Bruxism breaks down tooth enamel, removing the sharp biting surfaces and flattaning the edge of the teeth. Consicuently, the underlying dentin is exposed, which makes your teeth very sensitive and much more susceptable to decay.
Teeth grinding is the significant cause of tooth loss.
Most people are not even aware of their bruxism habbits and they go on to develope symptoms such as jaw pain and headaches.
Night Guard Function
The reason we recommend custom made night guards is because they are specially fitted according to your individual upper arch to prevent tooth abrasion and fraction.
Save yourself pain and headaches, and time spent at the dental office for restorations. We urge you to prevent damage of your teeth. Prevention is better than cure!
How to Maintain Your Night Guard?
Ideally you should brush your night guard with toothpaste and rinse it thorougly afterwards every time you use it. This will keep the bacterial level down, controlling buildups and foul oddors.
Bring your night guard to our office at your prophylaxis appointment. Our hygienists will be happy to let your night guard desinfect while performing your treatment services.