The Benefits of a Mouthguard
Bruxism is a condition that affects many people, wearing away their teeth while they sleep and, in the long term, causing lasting effects that can damage the functionality and appearance of your teeth. As a condition, bruxism is the act of clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth, to the point of damage. Often, bruxism can occur at night, when you are sleeping, and unaware that you are causing damage to your teeth. If you find yourself waking up with a sore jaw or a dull, constant headache, it is likely you are suffering from bruxism. If you also notice that your teeth are being worn down or that someone is telling you about grinding or tapping noise while you sleep, that is a telltale sign.
Left unchecked, these symptoms can occur:
- Excessive tooth wear, which flattens the biting surface of your teeth
- Tooth fractures and damage done to dental restorations
- Tenderness in your jaw muscles
- Headaches due to the stress caused by hours of clenching or grinding
- Cheek or lip tears as a result of grinding
To guard against the effects of bruxism, special mouthguards can be made for you to wear while you are sleeping. When worn, the proper mouthguard will act as a cushion that separates your teeth, so that even if you grind your teeth at night, you won’t be able to cause any damage to your teeth, saving you from damage done to your teeth over the long term.
For custom mouthguards that fit and protect your teeth, look to Paramount Dental Center, located in Kirkland.