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Night guards can help protect your teeth by preventing issues with bruxism. Bruxism, or teeth-grinding can happen completely involuntarily and is usually linked to stress but can have many causes. Regardless of the cause, bruxism can lead to serious issues. Bruxism puts pressure on the teeth which can cause problems with the crown or tooth root.

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Why do People Grind Their Teeth?

You might not notice it in the moment, but grinding your teeth is something you might do during the day or night. Most people are completely unaware that they are doing it especially if they are asleep. Common causes are often linked to stress or negative emotions like anger and anxiety. However, some medications have also been known to cause this. Children also commonly grind their teeth. No matter what the cause is, bruxism can lead to many different problems.

How Do I Know If I Grind My Teeth At Night?

Unfortunately, most of us problem won’t remember what we do when we sleep. In fact, most people will tell you they definitely do not snore even if they do because how would they know? Similar to snoring you might find out you grind your teeth from your partner or someone who lives with you. People who grind their teeth might make sounds while they are doing it. But if you live alone, there are some symptoms of teeth grinding to be on the lookout for.

  • Jaw Pain (TMJ): Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ is often caused by pressure placed on the jaw and the muscles that support the jaw. There are many reasons TMJ might occur but it can be linked to grinding your teeth.
  • Pain In Your Teeth: If you notice severe pain in your teeth (especially your back molars) it might be because of damage done from grinding your teeth. This can also put your teeth at higher risk for cavities.
  • Headaches: If you are frequently waking up with headaches or noticing head pain while you sleep it might be caused by the tension in your jaw from grinding your teeth.

Why Should I Get A Night Guard?

Night guards can help protect your teeth overnight. While the symptoms of teeth grinding can be annoying and troublesome like jaw pain or headaches, the long-term effects can be much more substantial. Excess pressure on your teeth can weaken the enamel which makes it easier for cavities to form. Pressure can also lead to chips, cracks, or even broken teeth. A night guard can help prevent this.

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