Dental Tips Blog

Feb
12

How Can I Stop Grinding My Teeth?

Posted in Mouth Guards

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, commonly happens at night during sleep. The habit can wear down enamel, fracture teeth, loosen restorations, accelerate gum recession, and cause TMJ complications.

You’ve already heard about how dangerous bruxism can be so you’ve come here to find a way to kick the habit. But really, how much control do you have over the situation since it only happens while you’re asleep?

Here are a few tips that may help.

Avoid Triggers

By providing the right mental “environment” for your over-active jaw, you can potentially minimize conditions that commonly precede a bruxing episode:

  • Reduce stress
  • Cut back on a habit of chewing gum or fingernails, pens, etc.
  • Drink more water
  • Stay away from alcohol and caffeine at bedtime
  • Consciously relax your jaw during waking hours 

Soothe Your Jaw

Your cheek muscles do a lot of work when you grind your teeth. It’s helpful to provide some soothing relief to those aching muscles, from time to time. Try a warm wet washcloth and gentle massaging to provide relief.

Save Your Teeth

While bruxism can be tough to prevent, you can avoid the damage to your teeth and jaw. A professionally-made night guard worn while you sleep can make a big difference. It prevents your teeth from closing together completely and damaging each other.

Your dentist is your best resource in your fight to save your smile from bruxism. Regular dental checkups will help you stay on top of any damages or alert you to warning signs. A dentist will also help you figure out whether a night guard is necessary to protect your teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401

May
7

Stress and Tooth Wear

Posted in Mouth Guards

Everywhere we turn, stress impacts nearly every aspect of our lives. Work, school, family, finances, you name it…the stress can take a toll mentally, emotionally, and physically. When it comes to physical stress symptoms, most people think about loss of sleep, appetite, and even some grey hair; but did you know that stress can also cause you to grind or clench your teeth abnormally?

Excess clenching and grinding causes enamel to rub up against itself, and enamel is the hardest structure in the entire human body. The result is flat, worn teeth, broken enamel along the gumlines, and even broken restorations. Unfortunately this wear is irreversible, can result in costly dental treatment, and even damage tissues around the TMJ.

Wearing a night guard or bite splint can alleviate tooth wear due to stress. These devices prevent the teeth from wearing against one another, and also reducing the muscle pressure in and around the jaw. Instead, the teeth are placed in a proper relaxed position where there is a slight space between the arches; yet the lips are still closed together.

Stress can come and go, or it may be a permanent part of your lifestyle. Investing in a bite splint won’t only save your teeth; it will also reduce the cost of dental treatment needs later on. Having a splint made is very simple, and all that is needed is an impression of your teeth. Within about one week, your splint will be ready for you to pick up and start wearing right away. Some people wear them to sleep in, when they drive, or even when they’re at work.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 

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Oct
9

Dental Nightguards

Posted in TMJ Therpy

Many people do not realize that they either clench their jaws tightly or grind their teeth while they sleep, which is detrimental to one’s overall long-term oral health.  In addition to causing wear on the surface of the teeth, it can also lead to Tempormandibular Joint Disorders (TMD).  Many people that experience teeth grinding will also cause their partners to loose sleep at night as well.  Now people who clench or grind their teeth while they sleep, can be fitted with a custom made nightguard, which will prevent it.

The process to get the nightguard is simple and only requires a couple of visits to the dentist’s office.  During the first visit, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth.  The impression is then sent to a dental lab where the dental laboratory technician will create a custom nightguard that will only fit your mouth.  The nightguard, which is made of a clear hard plastic material, is then sent back to the dentist’s office in a week to 10 days.  On the second visit, the dentist will make sure that the nightguard fits your teeth properly.  In some cases, the dentist will need to make minor adjustments in order to make sure that it fits properly.

The nightguard is worn on the upper teeth and often “snaps” into place when worn.  A tight fit is preferred because it prevents the nightguard from being “spit out” while you sleep.  Since it is made from a hard plastic, the nightguard will last for years if properly stored in the case that is provided.  There is no special care required beyond cleaning the nightguard on a regular basis.  A dental nightguard is economical and highly effective in preventing jaw clenching and teeth grinding while you are sleeping.

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