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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