Do You Grind Your Teeth At Night? There Is A Solution (And You May Not Need To Visit A Dentist)
In this short article we look at whether you do grind your teeth and what that means, and the ways in which you can overcome your teeth grinding problems.
Do I actually grind my teeth?
Grinding your teeth at night (also known by its medical name, bruxism) can be a real pain and annoying, not only to you but anyone who shares a bed with you! You might be aware that you are a teeth grinder because your jaw, neck, and head are constantly “achey” and sore. Especially when you first wake up.
If you have already ruled out other dental disorders, ear problems such as ear infections, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, then your symptoms could well indicate a teeth grinding problem.
There are plenty of ways to treat it and get it out of your life, so you can go back to enjoying long, deep sleeps that improve the quality of your health and wellbeing.
As stress and anxiety are often the biggest triggers for this annoying habit, that is an area in your life where you want to aim to rectify.
Sometimes these lifestyle changes are not enough, especially if you have been grinding your teeth for a while or need an immediate solution to the risk of damage that may occur. It’s also not viable for everyone to hop on a plane and indulge in a beachside holiday at a moment’s notice.
So, what's the solution?
Specific devices such as night guards could be your best and quickest treatment option. If you have already visited your dentist and received a diagnosis of bruxism and they have let you know about the level of severity, you could be ready to purchase your night guard straight away.
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Night mouth guards come in varying levels of thickness (ranging from 1.5mm to 4mm) and differing materials so that you can get the right one that is suited to you.
Do I need a hard or soft night guard?
Harder guards are available for those who grind harder or put more pressure on their teeth when they involuntarily clench, given that extra protection.
Some people may just have light or intermittent teeth grinding problems, in which case they may prefer a lighter, less dense night guard so that it’s barely noticeable when you are asleep.
Ultimately, the night guard you choose will depend on the diagnosis that you have received, or what you feel is best for your needs.
Do you need to visit a dentist?
While it’s recommended that you visit a dental practitioner for an initial professional diagnosis, there’s no reason why you can’t buy your own custom fit night guard online, made to fit your mouth. This will save you a lot of money.
"[Night guards] even out the pressure across your jaw and create a physical barrier between your upper and lower teeth to protect them from further damage. They can also reduce any grinding noises you make at night" says the NHS.
Arguably the best way to protect your teeth— and considered the treatment of choice by most sufferers and dentists— from damage caused by teeth grinding and clenching, is to wear an night plate, such as The Knight Guard. Designed to fit your mouth and worn over the top layer of teeth, wearing one of these appliances will reduce your muscle pain and tension, while protecting against possible cracking, grinding down, and enamel wear of your teeth. You can imagine how expensive that would be to fix.
Disclaimer: In choosing The Knight Guard you acknowledge it is being supplied to you based on your individual needs and that you have made your own individual decision in determining which of the products suits your dental issues. Consult a qualified dental practitioner should you have any doubts or concerns.