If you frequently wake up with a headache, tooth, or jaw pain, you may want to ask your dental hygienist if you have bruxism. According to the American Academy of Oral Medicine, teeth grinding is common among children and adults at times. Still, if it's frequent enough to cause issues with your teeth or jaw, it's time to speak to a dental professional.
Common Signs of Sleep Bruxism
Talk to your dentist about the following signs and symptoms:
Waking up with headaches
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder—inflammation of the jaw due to clenching
Taking antidepressants with paroxetine
There are several ways to reduce the impact of bruxism on your oral health. One of the most common is a night guard: a mouthguard typically worn while sleeping. Some night guards are available without a prescription at most pharmacies. To use it, you boil it or microwave it (follow instructions), let it cool for a few seconds, and then gently bite it to shape it to your mouth.
Customized Night Guards from Smile Builder Dental
Nightguards are also available from your dentist. Customized guards tend to be of a higher quality and are custom-made to your teeth. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth, then send the resulting mold to a dental laboratory. This facility will create a custom-fitted night mouthguard for you. Your dentist will check the mouth guard's fit and make any necessary adjustments before you take it home. Typically a customized night guard is a more expensive device than ones purchased over-the-counter. Still, it can be more comfortable to wear.
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