You might be grinding your teeth in your sleep and not even realize it. Although at first, this habit, a condition called bruxism, might not seem like a problem, it can affect your oral and dental health. Your teeth are precious, and you should do everything you can to protect them. Let’s take a closer look at how valuable dental night guards are.
What is Bruxism?
You might have heard of other people in your family complain about constant jaw pain or teeth that are unusually loose. Sometimes, this might be due to infections or inadequate dental and oral hygiene. Other times, it is due to them grinding their teeth. In the dental and medical community, this is referred to as bruxism. The problem is that most people don’t realize they are even doing it. But it can contribute to other issues such as headaches, earaches, fractured teeth, neck and shoulder pain; too much damage can eventually expose and wound the nerves underneath your teeth and gums.
How Night Guards Help
If you think that you suffer from bruxism, then it is time to invest in some night guards. They are similar to mouthguards that you would wear while playing contact sports. They help protect your teeth against potential damage caused by grinding. It also helps reduce pains related to this habit, and you might find that it decreases how often you come down with a migraine. Chronic migraines can be debilitating and interfere with your ability to function. This is why it’s so important to speak to your dentist about if a nightguard is right for you!
See Your Dentist
We recommend that you stop in and see your dentist as soon as you can. Once you get a night guard, you need to soak it in warm water to loosen it up. After that, you need to mold it to the shape of your jaws. After that, you can pop it in when you go to sleep, get a good night’s rest and wake up feeling refreshed!
KEEP YOUR MOUTH HAPPY WITH ANNAPOLIS DENTAL CARE!
Whether it’s a regular check-up you need or a tooth extracted, Annapolis Dental Care has the expertise and compassion to work with you on improving your oral health. Your comfort and health are our top priorities, and so we go above and beyond to make our patients happy and give them the highest quality care. To set up an appointment today, please give us a call at 410-571-5014 or visit us online. For more oral health tips for you and your family, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube! We are always looking for new patients, so if you live in Arnold, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, MD, come on down!