Do you clench your teeth when you are stressed? Has anyone ever mentioned that you grind your teeth in your sleep?
Sometimes chronic stress or medical conditions can cause people to develop damaging habits known as bruxism. Bruxism is unconsciously clenching or grinding down with too much force at times when you wouldn’t normally be chewing or biting anything, such as when you are sleeping or working. It can happen night or day and is quite common in most of the population, most frequently among women.
These habits are not only terrible for your teeth, leading to cracking, chipping and wearing, grinding and clenching is also very bad for your overall health and can lead to TMJ and headaches.
One of the primary ways we help stop nighttime tooth clenching and grinding is with a specially designed mouth guard called a bruxism guard. A bruxism guard is a custom-fit appliance to reduce the damage to your teeth from grinding or clenching and relieve your TMJ pain. The more you wear your appliance, the more you protect your teeth – and the better you feel!