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

Jul
30

The Right Mouth Guard Can Save Your Teeth

Posted in Mouth Guards

Traumatic injuries from recreational sports frequently involve the face and teeth. High school and college athletes are often required by sports organizations to wear a mouth guard in order to prevent lip lacerations and fractured teeth, but not all mouth guards are created equal. Choosing a properly fitted mouthguard is the only way to ensure that the device will do what it’s meant to: protect the athlete.

Finding the right guard can be difficult. There are several over the counter guards available at sporting good retailers, but these guards are made in a way so that they will fit into nearly any size or shape of mouth. As a result, the bulky guard is uncomfortable, tedious to wear and isn’t worn at all. Bulky guards fail to protect the teeth when trauma occurs, and can fall out, preventing injury from recurrent trauma.

The best mouth guard will fit securely in place, be comfortable and allow the athlete to speak, breathe or drink water while wearing it without needing to take it out. Your dentist can create a custom mouth guard that will stay in place by gently hugging individual teeth in a way that makes it easy to wear throughout your activity. Not only does a professionally made mouth guard protect you from fracturing your teeth, it also prevents lip trauma and possibly even reduces the risk of concussions.

For adults, a custom guard can last years. Younger patients require a new guard each season due to their growing, developing mouth. Improperly fitting guards can alter the position of the teeth and jaws, increasing the risk for injuries. Having a guard made is simple, just a quick impression is all that is needed and within a few days you’re ready to get active!

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