Bruxism is characterized by the clenching and grinding of your teeth, typically while you sleep. Not only can bruxism, which is reported to affect 10 percent of adults and 15 perfect of children, cause headaches, disruption to your sleep cycles, and jaw problems, but it can also cause lasting damage to your smile in the way of chipped and fractured teeth, and worn tooth enamel. Although it is difficult to pinpoint, stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, and the consumption of alcohol and tobacco use are common links to teeth grinding.
What Can I Do if I Grind My Teeth?
There is no cure or prevention for teeth grinding. Since teeth grinding is associated with stress and anxiety, reducing those feelings may help with the relief of your migraines, although this is not guaranteed. If you suspect or know, that you grind your teeth when you sleep, the best option is to invest in a nightguard to protect your smile and ensure a restful night’s sleep.
Where Can I Get a Nightguard?
Nightguards can be found everywhere from the internet to your local drug store. While these nightguards can be effective in the immediate sense, these guards can prove to be counterproductive because they are essentially a one-size-fits-all model. As you would expect, your smile is unique to you, and you may find that not only are these store-bought guards uncomfortable, but they can also shift your teeth, creating more issues down the line.
Ideally, your nightguard should come from your dentist. A nightguard can be made from the mold of your teeth, ensuring that it will not only be comfortable to wear, but it will also provide the safe and reliable protection that you and your smile needs. Nightguards are durable, long lasting, and a cost-effective way to guard your teeth against future damage, while also reducing headaches. Although store-bought nightguards may seem to be a more convenient and cheaper option initially, imagine the possible future costs of dental work and the disruptions that an uncomfortable mouth guard can have on your sleep.