Dental health includes more than brushing and flossing. Keeping your mouth healthy involves caring for your teeth and gums to prevent cavities and decay. Your oral health also includes physically protecting your jaw and teeth. If you clench your jaw or grind your teeth, you can create uncomfortable symptoms that increase over time.
Fortunately, the dental team at Grove City Smiles has a solution. With our comfortable night guards, you can stop clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth while sleeping. If you have questions about night mouth guards and how they can help you stop clenching and grinding, we invite you to contact our dental office today.
The technical name for clenching or grinding is bruxism. Unfortunately, people often clench or grind at night as they sleep. Over time, this problem worsens, especially as teeth grinding wears down teeth, and jaw clenching can lead to chronic jaw pain. Bruxism has several causes, including:
A solution to bruxism is wearing a night mouth guard, also called an occlusal guard. At Grove City Smiles, our dental team can create a customized occlusal guard to protect your teeth and jaw and prevent chronic dental problems in the future.
You can help reduce the chances of grinding your teeth at night by making lifestyle changes to reduce stress and unhealthy habits. Unfortunately, for many people, changing their lifestyle isn’t enough to stop grinding at night. Rather than continuing to damage your teeth, you can wear a mouth guard for sleep.
The customized protective device provides a cushioning effect that prevents you from grinding and clenching. They help relax the jaw by reducing pressure on the back teeth, thus preventing jaw pain that can lead to problems like TMJ.
If you grind your teeth, eventually, they will show signs of wear. The dental team at Grove City Smiles will notice and recommend a customized night guard. Before the signs of wear show up, you might notice other symptoms, like:
No one has to suffer through the problems associated with bruxism. Wearing a night mouth guard can provide relief. A properly fitting occlusal guard can help you sleep better while reducing jaw pain and headaches. The guard can also protect your tooth enamel and keep your teeth healthy for years to come.
Caring for a mouth guard Grove City Smiles is easy. When you receive your mouth guard, you’ll receive a storage case. Always keep it in the case when you aren’t wearing it.
The dentist will give you instructions for wearing it and to remove it when eating or drinking. You can keep it clean by rinsing it with warm water. Always bring the guard to your dental appointments so the dental assistants can clean it for you.
Most dental insurance covers the cost of a night mouth guard. The office team at Grove City Smiles can help you understand the price after evaluating your insurance coverage.
If you’re struggling with jaw pain and sleepless nights, the dental team at Grove City Smiles can help. We can make a customized mouth guard to help you stop grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw. Our friendly dental team is dedicated to providing outstanding oral care to keep your teeth, jaw, and gums looking and feeling their best.
We look forward to meeting you. Call (614) 350-5300 or request an appointment online to set up your first visit. We’ll be in touch soon.