Are you guilty of nighttime grinding or clenching teeth? If this sounds all too familiar, Dr. Nikhaar Keshwani can help you manage this bad habit with a custom-fitted mouthguard to protect your teeth and gums. Teeth grinding guards are a non-invasive way to protect your smile against the side effects of bruxism.

Bruxism Defined

What is bruxism? Bruxism is an oral health condition in which the sufferer unconsciously grinds, gnashes, or clenches their teeth and jaws. While this condition can affect individuals awake or asleep, it usually goes unnoticed until other side effects develop. For example, when people brux (clenching teeth) while they sleep, they are more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea.

Causes of Bruxism

While medical professionals don’t have an exact cause of bruxism, it can be due to a blend of hereditary, physical, and psychological factors.

Why do I grind my teeth in my sleep?

Although bruxism is a highly individualized condition, some factors increase a person’s risk for teeth grinding and jaw clenching, such as:

  • Stress and anxiety: If you’re naturally more stressed-out or anxious, you might reflexively develop a grinding teeth habit to help you cope.
  • Age: Younger children are more likely to develop bruxism, but it can go away as one gets older.
  • Personality type: Individuals with a more hyperactive, aggressive, or competitive personality tend to have bruxism.
  • Family history: Does someone else in your family suffer from nighttime bruxism? If so, it’s worth investigating this issue for yourself.

Signs of Bruxism

Because you’ll likely be unaware of bruxism until more severe complications arise, then it’s wise to understand the warning signs of chronic teeth clenching, including (but not limited to):

  • Teeth grinding and clenching
  • Eroded enamel
  • Increase in tooth sensitivity or tooth pain
  • TMJ pain
  • Flattened, fractured, or loose teeth
  • Headaches and earaches
  • Damage from chewing the inside of the cheek
  • Sleep disruption

It’s noteworthy to mention that if you’ve noticed the signs mentioned above, you should schedule an appointment at your San Antonio dental office straight away. Ignoring bruxism symptoms can lead to worsening symptoms and health in the long run.

How To Stop Grinding Teeth in Sleep Naturally

Mild bruxism may not require treatment. However, in some, teeth grinding can be normalized and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, damaged teeth, and other major health problems.

To combat this common condition, Dr. Keshwani can prescribe a mouth guard for grinding teeth. Dr. Keshwani can design a custom-fitted night guard that fits snugly over the teeth (like an orthodontic retainer). By protecting the teeth with a mouthguard, the acrylic sleep mouth guard can shield opposing teeth from encountering each other. Consequently, this conservative bruxism treatment can prevent enamel wear, gum recession, and more.

How to Get a Nightguard in San Antonio

Give your smile a rest while you rest, and invest in a sleep mouth guard to prevent the adverse effects of bruxism. Call 210-732-3333 or message us online to schedule a nightguard consultation at Babcock Family Dental.