Night-time jaw clenching or teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) can affect up to 30% of the population. Most people don't even realize they are doing it. Recognizing the symptoms is the first step to solving many common health issues.
COMMON HEALTH ISSUES A NIGHT GUARD CAN HELP WITH:
- Chronic headaches: Chronic headaches can be caused by teeth clenching or grinding. If you often wake up with a headache, bruxism may be the cause. When you clench or grind your teeth at night, the pressure on the jaw can cause headaches.
- Excessive wear and tear on your teeth: Although you may not notice, your dentist will. Grinding and stress on the teeth can cause an otherwise healthy tooth to wear down. When the protective enamel wears down, the tooth underneath is exposed and more prone to cavities, discoloration, cracking, and other problems.
- Tooth cracking: The clenching and grinding can cause enough pressure on the teeth to crack or even break.
- Lack of sleep. The pain caused by jaw clenching and grinding can affect your quality of sleep. A night guard allows the muscles surrounding the jaw to relax, providing an overall feeling of relief. It gives you the chance to enjoy a more peaceful and stress-free slumber.