Stress is all around us. Kids and teens are under pressure from peers, studies, sports, fashion, and the latest gadget must-have’s. Adults must deal with those kids and their problems along with jobs, finances, relatives, spouses. Even the daily commute can leave you stressed to the max. And when you arrive home, more stress-inducing issues can be waiting. And very often, these stressors are manifested through oral problems like jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Thankfully, your dentist can help.
When we experience stress, we might subconsciously start grinding teeth during periods of sleep. This can become a habit leading to daytime grinding and clenching. And what is happening to your mouth while this is going on? Dental enamel wears down. Teeth are weakening leading to the potential for breaks. And while jaw clenching is not singularly responsible for the development of TMJ, is might be a factor.
So what can be done? Obviously getting rid of the stress would be helpful. But while that would be ideal, there might be a more immediate, practical solution. Stress relief during sleep is often achievable with a custom-fitted mouth guard. Your dentist will be able to fit you with a night guard that will relieve nighttime grinding, also known as bruxism.
The night guard works by preventing teeth from grinding against each other. Your dentist might recommend a night guard to be worn on both upper and lower teeth, but very often only one arch may be needed.
There are many different materials suitable for your night guard. Your dentist is ideally suited to make recommendations depending on your specific needs.
Great importance must be placed on customization. The one size fits all night guard that can be purchased at the drug store, grocery store, or online may be so ill-fitting it will not work or can make matters worse.
After a consultation with our dentist, you will get dental impressions made, a night guard fabricated to your specific needs and you will be advised on how to care for it.
Wearing a night guard may take a little adjusting. Helpful hints include eliminating caffeine and alcohol for several hours before bed so you will retire without any additional stimulants. Relaxation is important so turn off the TV and computer and focus on getting a good nights sleep.
To discuss your personal options to care for your mouth, contact the office of Lori Logan today!