Teeth grinding or clenching of the teeth is called Bruxism and is not harmful if it is occasional. But regular occurrence can cause damage to the teeth and serious oral health complications can arise.
The teeth grinding is caused by stress and anxiety and occurs during sleep. But it can also occur due to an abnormality in a bite or due to a crooked or missing tooth. It can also be caused due to a sleep disorder called Sleep Apnea. If it occurs regularly, then you must Visit Your Dentist and get the reasons diagnosed. More factors that cause teeth grinding can be:
Grinding or clenching of the teeth occurs during the night and an individual can’t find out if he/she does it. But your loved ones or your partner can find out and let you know if there is a problem. However, other symptoms help you find the need to visit a dentist like:
A timely visit to the dentist before the problem aggravates can help prevent dental abscess or an infection.
Teeth grinding can also affect children. It might continue until the adult teeth come. It primarily is caused due to the presence of pinworms and parasites present in the intestines. But sometimes it can also be caused due to Autism. A Pediatric Dentist should be immediately consulted if the problem is regular in a child.
It is also called mouth protectors where protection is placed on the jaw that minimizes your risk of broken teeth and other injuries to your face, jaw or mouth. It is typically worn on the upper jaw but can be also made if there is an implant or artificial dentures or braces on the lower jaw. It is made of plastic and is worn at night just before sleeping. It does not stop the grinding or clenching of teeth but simply lessens the damage caused on any tooth.
Nightguard absorbs and diverse the forces exerted by the jaw, and thus protect the tooth enamel. It also relaxes the jaw muscles from constant clenching and relieves facial pain as well.
There are several nightguards that you can choose from:
Whichever guard is chosen it must be replaced time to time to prevent damage in the tooth.
If you are looking for a solution in and around Oshawa, we would recommend visiting Harmony Dental Care under the supervision of Dr Peter Yao for a safe and comfortable dentistry experience for the whole family.