Are you waking up with a headache or severe tooth pain in the morning? If you experience these symptoms, it’s safe to assume that you might have an issue with grinding or clenching your teeth at night. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can prevent yourself from doing this, most notably getting a night guard.
A night guard is a removable device that the wearer puts on before they go to bed. The night guard prevents the teeth from clenching together, creating a safe barrier between the upper and lower jaw. Night guards are very easy to obtain–you can pick one up at your local pharmacy without the need for a prescription, but they are also available through your dentist once they diagnose you with a teeth grinding problem. Depending on your budget, it may be a good idea to go with the one through your dentist as they are higher quality and fit to your mouth much better than an over-the-counter one. Both will produce the same results.
Besides a night guard, there are a couple of other treatments.
Stress Prevention: People often grind their teeth when they are stressed by clenching their jaw. This is often a subconscious action, meaning that the person will not even be aware that they are doing it. Finding better and healthier coping mechanisms to deal with stress may reduce or eliminate teeth grinding.
Braces or Clear Aligners: Teeth that are misaligned are more likely to put pressure on one another, creating the same effect as if you were clenching your jaw. By using braces or clear aligners, you can get straighter teeth to help with this problem.
For more information about night guards and other ways you can prevent yourself from grinding your teeth, contact us today and set up a consultation.