You can’t control what you do while you sleep — but you can put something in place to protect your teeth. If you grind your teeth at night, talk to Maneeza Kulaly, DMD, at Harbor Dental about getting a custom-fitted night guard to protect your smile comfortably. To learn more about which night guard is right for you, call her office in Pittsburg, California, or schedule your appointment online today.
The National Sleep Foundation says that as many as 8% of adults grind their teeth while they sleep. Also called bruxism, teeth grinding is a common condition that can have a detrimental impact on your daily life and the health of your teeth.
You may think that teeth grinding is associated with stress while awake — and you’re right. But that’s certainly not the only cause of bruxism. This condition is also common in people with sleep disorders or smile issues like crooked or missing teeth.
Unless you have a partner who’s willing to watch you sleep and report back, you have no way to monitor what you do while you’re unconscious.
However, there are some telltale signs of teeth grinding. Some of the most common symptoms include:
If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, talk to Dr. Kulaly. She can help you determine if you’re grinding your teeth as you sleep.
If you are, she works with you to put a plan in place to protect your teeth and alleviate the resulting headaches and jaw soreness. In most cases, you can effectively eliminate your teeth grinding symptoms by using a night guard.
A night guard is a dental appliance you wear while you sleep. It’s essentially a jacket that fits over your teeth. The night guard protects your teeth and jaw by preventing your teeth from grinding against one another.
While you can buy a night guard at a store, Harbor Dental offers night guards with two significant benefits.
First, because they’re customized for you based on a mold of your teeth, these night guards fit much more comfortably than store-bought varieties. Additionally, because they’re made of higher-quality materials, they offer better protection for your teeth.
Don’t let what you involuntarily do in your sleep affect your oral health. Get started with a night guard today by calling Harbor Dental or booking an appointment online.