You may need a nightgaurd and not be aware of it.
What are night guards?
A night guard is a device placed in the mouth on top of the teeth to help with grinding and clenching. Grinding and clenching often occurs when you're sleeping or under stress. This is a very common behavior, so don't feel like you're the only one with this problem. ON the other hand, you might not know if you grind your teeth, many people don't. Maybe the person you sleep with (Night Watch) will inform you of your loud grinding because it causes them to wake up. Your dentist or hygienist can confirm whether you grind or clench your teeth.
The night guard acts as a protective layer between your top and bottom teeth.These devices are also called occlusal guards, occlusal splints, or bite splints. Usually, the guard is made of plastic and is placed over some or all of the upper or lower teeth. They re-establish your natural space and protect your teeth from grinding or clenching together, which can cause you to chip and crack your teeth and strain your jaw muscles.
Night guards don’t stop you from clenching or grinding, but they serve as a cushion so that your teeth wear down the guard rather than your teeth. They also give your jaw a rest while you sleep. Plus, they can help you and your sleep partner aka Night Watch sleep better, too.
What happens during clenching?
When you grind your teeth, your teeth lose their protective outer layer, the enamel. And when your enamel is gone, it cannot be replaced, which can lead to tooth damage, like cavities or cracks.
Is wearing a night guard the only option?
Night guards are one of the most common treatments but they aren’t the only option.
Here are some things you can try to prevent or lessen your teeth grinding or clenching:
1. Limit your drinking of caffeine and alcohol.
2. Stop smoking, especially right before sleeping.
3. Use relaxation techniques before you go to bed, such as
listening to gentle music, meditating, or doing yoga.
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GETTING YOUR WISDOM TEETH REMOVED is such a common procedure these days that it’s almost a rite of passage among teenagers. But why do some of us have to get them out anyway, and why do we even have them in the first place? In today’s blog post we’re going to answer these and a few other common wisdom teeth questions!
Wisdom Teeth Are Remnants Of An Ancient Era
The most widely accepted theory about wisdom teeth’s origins goes back to our early human ancestors. Because they had a very different diet–mainly roots, raw meat and fibrous plants–they needed extra molars to grind up tough food. These days, we eat much softer foods. We also have smaller jaws that don’t fit in those third molars quite as well.
Wisdom Teeth Are Removed For A Number Of Reasons
While some people never get their wisdom teeth, they’ll show up for most of us between the ages of 17 and 21. Unfortunately, they don’t always come in the way they should, which is why a lot of us have to get them removed.
If your dentist recommends getting your wisdom teeth taken out, it could be for one of the following reasons:
Remember These Tips If You Get Your Wisdom Teeth Out
To facilitate healing after wisdom teeth removal, make sure you get plenty of rest. Drink lots of water and avoid alcoholic, caffeinated and hot beverages for the first 24 to 48 hours. And of course, everyone’s favorite part of the healing process, eat soft foods such as ice cream, yogurt, and applesauce for the first day. You can add in broth-based soups one to two days after the procedure, but stay away from hard or chewy foods for one to two weeks.
We Want What’s Best For Your Smile
We treat wisdom teeth removal on a case-by-case basis. We will monitor them closely as they come in and together, we will make the best decision for your smile! And remember, having your third molars come in may cause some discomfort, but if it causes pain, come and see us immediately.