October 22, 2015
During the day, your life moves full steam ahead. There’s work and family and home and groceries and cooking and laundry and the boss and the kids and the in-laws… Whew! Just reading that can set your teeth on edge. Unfortunately, for many people the daily stresses of life actually do set their teeth to grinding and clenching at night when they go to sleep. Also called bruxism, this unconscious habit can wreak havoc on your teeth and your bite. Fortunately, there is a solution. Dr. Share can prescribe a nightguard, also called a bite guard, which will protect your teeth against the daily grind.
Almost everyone grinds or clenches their teeth sometime. In fact, clenching is an almost natural reaction when we’re angry. Problems arise when bruxism becomes a habit. And because this habit usually happens at night, it’s next to impossible to break the habit on your own. Bruxism can start during childhood and fortunately most of us outgrow the condition. But for those that continue to grind and clench their teeth into adulthood, the consequences can be both visible and invisible:
- Teeth may begin to look abnormally worn or uneven
- Cracks may develop in your teeth
- Dental fillings may break
- Because of the abnormal pressure, gum recession may result
- Teeth can become loose because of teeth grinding
- TMJ symptoms including headaches and jaw pain may develop
A Prescription Nightguard from the Financial District Dentist
Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for bruxism. However, there is a very reliable way to prevent the negative consequences. Dr. Share can prescribe a custom-fitted nightguard that will protect your teeth. Essentially, a nightguard acts like bumper, absorbing the pressure of nighttime grinding and clenching. Your nightguard will fit comfortably in your mouth, so you’ll be able to sleep peacefully. Others in your household might also sleep better if they don’t hear the annoying sound that often accompanies teeth grinding.
In addition to a nightguard, Dr. Share might also recommend other measures to help you relax and reduce tension. These include meditation, physical therapy, muscle relaxants, physical exercise, and therapeutic counseling. Some people find that by reduce their intake of caffeine they grind and clench their teeth less.
Contact Our Office Today
If you or someone you know is locked in the habit of teeth grinding and clenching, then call the Boston, MA, dental office of Dr. Share. We are privileged to serve families throughout Boston, MA including Brookline, Somerville, Winthrop, Lexington and the greater Boston area.
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