Ever caught yourself clenching your teeth?

Perhaps it even happens while you’re asleep without your knowledge! This behaviour, however, can be quite detrimental to your oral health. Teeth grinding or clenching (more formally known as bruxism) can severely damage your teeth, leaving you in pain and having to seek dental treatment in no time unless you take precautionary measures!


Save your smile with a fitted mouthguard

Why would I need a mouthguard for teeth grinding?

Here are some of the most common reasons as to why you may find yourself grinding your teeth:

    1. Bruxism– This is the excessive clenching and grinding of your teeth during both night and day.
    2. Stress– An involuntary reaction to stress may be to tightly clench your teeth together. You’re probably doing this more times than you realize!
    3. Sleep Apnoea– Certain sleep disorders prevent you from getting enough oxygen while you sleep. The body’s reaction is to clench the muscles of the upper airway, including your jaws.
    4. Habits -Do you often chew your nails or the end of your pen? These repetitive motions may also wear your teeth down.
    5. Malocclusion – If your bite is misaligned, this means that you’re putting more force into biting and chewing than you should, which ultimately wears your enamel down at an accelerated rate.



Dangers of teeth grinding

Teeth grinding has many side effects that don’t just affect your smile, but your entire face. Here are some of the most common signs that you need to schedule a consultation and get yourself a grinding appliance:

  • Worn teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Damaged dental work
  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Ear aches
  • Fatigue


Types of grinding appliances

Night Guard

This is a custom-made splint that prevents your teeth from grinding and clenching together while you sleep, by fitting over the upper teeth. It also helps relieve muscle tension and any of those painful joint symptoms you may be experiencing as a side-effect from grinding.

Snore guard

This is a special mouthguard that moves your jaw in a slightly forward position, and is particularly helpful when it comes to managing sleep disorders. It also helps improve your breathing, so if you tend to snore a lot, this is definitely one of the best options for you.


If you have a misaligned smile and your jaws are enduring an uneven amount of pressure, our dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment, instead of a mouthguard in order to address the source of the problem. We have different options available, depending on your needs.


How do I care for my mouth guard?

Firstly, make sure the mouth guard fits properly before you start using it. If it is too tight or too loose, it will not provide adequate protection. To take good care of your mouth guard, it’s essential to follow a few simple steps. After each use, make sure to rinse it thoroughly with water. You can also give it a gentle brush using a toothbrush and toothpaste, but remember to stay away from hot water or any abrasive cleaners that could damage it.

Additionally, don’t forget to store your mouth guard in a dry and well-ventilated case. This helps to keep it clean and fresh for your next use. It’s also crucial to keep an eye on its condition. Replace your mouth guard every 6 to 12 months, or even sooner if you notice any signs of damage or wear and tear. Taking these steps will help ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your mouth guard while maintaining your oral hygiene.


Protect your smile with a mouthguard

Tired of waking up with worn-down teeth and all sorts of aches and pains? All we need is an impression of your teeth to create a custom mouthguard! These fitted appliances work far better than over-the-counter products, and you’re guaranteed to feel the difference in no time. Give us a call for more details, our friendly dental team is more than ready to answer any questions you may have.

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