I Grind and Clench My Teeth. What Can I do About It?
If you’ve ever had pain in your jaw or you’ve ever been told that you grind your teeth, then dental mouthguards may be right for you.
Stress, including anxiety, anger, and frustration, cause you to clench and grind your teeth during your sleep. You may not even be aware of some of its effects unless you have a sleep-partner who can hear it
Symptoms of clenching or grinding
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and jaw pain
- Neck pain
- Chronic headaches
- Earaches or ringing in the ears
- Tooth pain or sensitivity
- Gum recession
- Weakening, grinding down and/or chipping of teeth
- Disrupted or lack of sleep
You can get fitted with a mouthguard at Sandalwood dental office to help you protect your teeth during your sleep or you can replace the habit — a better choice especially if you’re doing it while you are awake as well.
Sports guards, mouthguards and mouth protectors are different names for the same thing: a device worn over your teeth that protects them from blows to the face and head. Sportguards are an important piece of athletic equipment for anyone participating in a sport that involves falls, body contact or flying equipment. This includes football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, skateboarding, gymnastics, mountain biking — any activity that might result in an injury to the mouth.
Mouthguards typically cover the upper teeth, and are designed to protect against broken teeth, cut lips and other damage to your mouth. If you wear braces or other fixed dental appliances (such as a bridge) on your lower jaw, your Dr. Paul Han may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth as well.