REASONS YOU MAY NEED A MOUTH GUARD
Bruxism, the medical term for grinding your teeth, affects about 8 percent of adults. From the occasional sore jaw to chronic grinding, it can be a serious problem. If you experience one of the following, it may be time to visit your dentist to talk about a mouth guard for teeth grinding.
YOU BREAK OR CHIP A TOOTH
Not only will a chipped or broken tooth require dental care for repair, but it can also be a sign that your teeth grinding has become more serious. When you touch your teeth together and grind back and forth, you can put a lot of pressure on the enamel. Sleeping can actually damage your teeth. This can be expensive to fix and can even lead to cavities, so it’s best to talk to your dentist about a mouth guard.
YOU HAVE CHRONIC GRINDING
Some people grind periodically because of temporary issues, such as stress at work. If your bruxism is chronic, meaning you grind every night, it is probably best to see your dentist about a mouth guard for teeth grinding. It won’t stop the actual clenching of your jaw, but a mouth guard can minimize the negative effects on your teeth.
YOU HAVE TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DISORDER
TMJ occurs when the muscles around the jaw become inflamed, which sometimes happens as the result of clenching the teeth together and grinding against the teeth. Your dentist can diagnose you with this disorder and either fabricate a mouth guard in the office or refer you to a TMJ specialist.
YOU TAKE ANTIDEPRESSANTS
If you regularly take antidepressants, talk to your dentist about a mouth guard. One of the main ingredients in many antidepressants is paroxetine which can cause nighttime teeth grinding. You can also talk to your doctor about adjusting your dosage or switching to another antidepressant if grinding becomes a problem
Teeth grinding is a common issue, but you shouldn’t have to suffer. By making an appointment with your dentist, you can set up a time to talk about mouth guards and other ways to cope with and cure the behavior.
TOP WAYS TO TREAT BRUXISM
- Talk to your dentist about jaw alignment
- Consider a mouth guard
- Let go of negative and stress causing thoughts