Bruxism Mouthguards Protect Your Beautiful Smile
Are you aware that more than 90% of us grind or clench our teeth at some point in our lives? Tooth grinding (officially called bruxism) is usually caused by stress and anxiety but can also have other causes.
There are two types of bruxism – grinding that happens during the day and at night bruxing. During the day, teeth grinding can occur when you’re frustrated, tense, or deep in concentration. When you sleep, it's more of an unconscious habit. This is when it happens for most people.
Whether it’s during the day or night, grinding can be very damaging to your teeth because it can wear down your tooth enamel (which is irreplaceable) and weaken fillings and crowns. It can also damage your teeth and cause jaw pain. The sooner you get bruxism treatment, the less damage your smile will incur.
Here are some common signs of bruxism:
- a painful or stiff jaw
- sensitive, loose, or broken teeth
- sore gums
- sores on the insides of your cheek
- a popping noise that comes from your jaw joint
- morning headaches
- worn-down teeth
- fatigue due to a lack of restful sleep.