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Protecting your teeth and jaws is essential for good oral health. Customized night guards prevent the surfaces of your teeth from grinding together, protecting against chips and cracks and straining your jaw muscles. A customized night guard is a higher quality and superior fit, as they are made in a special laboratory from an impression of your mouth, than one purchased over-the-counter.
What is bruxism?
Bruxism is known as grinding and clenching of your teeth. According to the American Dental Association. bruxism affects 30 million to 40 million children and adults in the U.S.
Signs & Symptoms
If you notice any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing bruxism:
Rhythmic contractions of the jaw muscles
A grinding sound at night
Jaw muscles that are tight or painful
Long-lasting pain in the face
Swelling (occasionally) on the side of your lower jaw caused by clenching
What causes bruxism?
Teeth grinding can occur for various factors, including chronic stress and malocclusion that develops as a result of missing teeth or teeth that are damaged or crooked. In some cases, correcting alignment by orthodontic treatment can help resolve teeth grinding. Otherwise, managing stress may help. Since grinding is a habit, it can be difficult to stop. Having a night guard prevents the damage that can occur as a result of grinding and clenching which tend to occur more commonly during sleep.