You May Need a Mouth Guard!

About Bruxism.


Have you ever heard of Bruxism?  I had not either, until recently.  Bruxism is the medical term for grinding or clenching your teeth.  After grinding your teeth, usually done when you least expect it:  at night, your teeth will begin to crack and wear down from the friction between the hard surfaces.  It is painful when you teeth begin to wear down.  You can cause your jaws to lock, the sensitive nerves that are in your teeth may become exposed, or you may find that eating an apple or drinking coffee or a cold beverage is a painful experience.


The world we are living in is a very stressful place.  Because of the stress that each of us can feel, we are likely to, at some time, may grind our teeth.  That is not going to harm anyone, but the excessive grinding of teeth, sometimes when concentrating, but usually while asleep, can cause extreme damage to the mouth.  Wearing a tooth guard at night will help with this problem and give you a orally stress free sleep.  Between 50% and 95% of the adult population seem to suffer from this condition.  The rate varies based on research between different demographics of the adult population from rural and urban areas.


Individuals who drink alcohol or take specific medications like antidepressants may be more likely to suffer from bruxism.  If you wake up with your teeth, gums, or jaw hurting, it may be time to visit your dentist and find out if you are in need of a mouth guard.


Doctors and dentists who discover that your teeth are wearing down may recommend a tooth guard to be worn overnight to keep your teeth from grinding against each other.  Nightguardlab night guards are BPA-free night guards.  BPA is a chemical that is used in the manufacture of many plastics and epoxy resins.  There is concern, although the EPA has determined it is a safe chemical, that because the mouth guard is worn for an extended period of time, more of the chemical would be absorbed into the body.  There is no worry about BPA, however, when you choose to use the NightGuardLab night guards, since they are free from this substance.  Even better, NightGuardLab mouth guards come available for day and night use!


If you have no desire to experience the inconvenience of dental bridges, crowns, dental implants, dentures, or root canals, it may be a good idea to check with your dentist if you even suspect that you are grinding your teeth.  After all, you have one set of adult teeth.  When they are gone you will be destined to wear dentures the rest of your life.  Good dental health is the cornerstone for all other healthy behaviors.  After all, if you can’t eat that apple, how are you going to keep the doctor away?