If you grind your teeth while sleeping, or at other times during the day, you’re not alone. Plenty of people do this – the technical term for it is “bruxism” – but luckily, there are a few options your dentist here at Ortho*Dental, Inc. in Gallup, New Mexico can recommend helping combat teeth grinding.
Let’s look at why you need to stop it and what we recommend you do to fight it.
Why stop it?
Grinding your teeth has a lot of negative long-term effects, but some of the most prevalent include fracturing your teeth, loosening your teeth, and wearing down the biting surfaces that are critical to tooth alignment and eating.
If you don’t stop tooth grinding, you may end up needing a good portion of your teeth replaced with implants.
How do you stop it?
The most common way to stop bruxism, if it occurs to you during sleep, is to use a mouth guard. This protects your teeth from grinding against each other, preserves their integrity, and helps you maintain the good tooth health you need in order to live a comfortable, pain-free life.
If you grind your teeth during your sleep, then you need to come visit our team today for a consultation appointment today to see if a mouth guard is the best way to stop your teeth grinding. Call us at (505) 863-8100 to schedule an appointment.