Mouthguards for Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding is clinically referred to as bruxism. Simply defined, it is the act of consciously or unconsciously clenching your teeth either during the day or while you sleep. Bruxism is considered both a medical and dental problem. It affects not only the teeth but also the muscles of your head and neck.
Teeth grinding often occurs during sleep and is as common as snoring. However, unlike snoring, teeth grinding sounds are not as loud but can be just as bothersome.
People grind their teeth for a number of reasons. One major cause is due to stress, but other reasons include misalignment of teeth, genetics, and even allergies. Children can also grind their teeth. Parents may find it disturbing to hear their child grinding their teeth in their sleep, but children often outgrow their teeth grinding habits as their permanent teeth erupt.
However, this is not the case for adults. Adult teeth are in their permanent position, therefore adults need to be treated for the complications of grinding. Although this is not a major health issue, excessive grinding can cause problems like jaw and face pain, headaches, or broken teeth.
Teeth grinding treatments are dependent upon the cause. A customized mouth guard will protect your teeth from the severe forces associated with grinding. If grinding has caused Tempromandibular (TMJ) disorders, a referral may be given for additional treatment options.