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Bruxism is a technical term to describe teeth grinding on a regular basis. While it might seem mundane, the tension imparted to the biting surfaces of your teeth and the temporomandibular joints in your jaw can pose a significant threat to your long-term oral health.

Many adults grind their teeth as a result of chronic, untreated stress. If stress management techniques or conventional therapy cannot immediately resolve the issue, you might want to use an alternative measure to prevent damage to your teeth and other complications to your oral health.

Over a long period of time, chronic night grinding can also start to weaken and compromise jaw muscles or it can result in joint inflammation. The problem this leads to is referred to as the TMJ disorder.

One of the most effective ways to prevent problems with chronic night grinding is to sleep with a night guard in your mouth. This is a soft, durable, plastic mouthpiece that cushions the biting surfaces of your teeth and allows them to slip past each other, mitigating the effects of tension in the jaw.

Many people complain that the night guards sold in stores can be uncomfortable. They can slip out of position as the night goes on, or they can cause excess salivation. One of the best ways to deal with this is to have Dr. fit you for a custom-fitted night guard.

This is a special type of mouthpiece that is shaped to match your unique bite pattern. While it is in your mouth, it will protect your teeth from having chips and fractures. The modest amount of slip it allows can reduce the tension and inflammation in the temporomandibular joints.

If you grind your teeth on a regular basis and you’re concerned about its potential impact on your oral health, you should call Ortho*Dental, Inc. at (505) 863-8100 to be fitted for a custom night guard in Gallup, New Mexico. Your dentist will be happy to help you!