Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can cause significant damage to your teeth, jaw, and gums, especially if it occurs during sleep. In addition, it can be loud enough to disturb your partner’s sleep. If you suffer from bruxism, wearing a night guard is a possible solution. Night guards are custom-made and act as a barrier between your upper and lower teeth while you sleep. They are designed for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. After taking an impression of your teeth, your dentist will have the night guard created by a dental lab. Night guards are durable and can last for years if worn regularly.
Along with wearing a night guard, there are some other steps you can take to reduce teeth grinding. Relaxing your jaw during the day, avoiding chewing gum or pens, and avoiding alcoholic or caffeinated beverages can help. If you suspect that you grind your teeth at night, schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss your options.