Stress, anxiety, and dental malformations are all common causes of bruxism – grinding your teeth as you sleep. This condition affects about 10% of all adults, but most people don’t even realize it’s a problem until they crack a tooth or wake up with the faint but unmistakable taste of blood after sleeping.
Bruxism presents several problems for your dental health. At Central Family Dentistry, we can help you curve the adverse effects of bruxism with custom-made night guards.
There is no single identified cause for bruxism as it can result from various physiological and genetic factors. However, teeth grinding is often associated with high levels of stress, anxiety, and tension. Sleep bruxism, specifically, is triggered by sudden bursts of stimulation during your sleep cycle.
Grinding your teeth presents several problems for your oral health. If you uncontrollably grind your teeth in your sleep, you could quickly wear away at the enamel, exacerbating the effects of cavities. Particularly hard grinding can crack a tooth, cause bleeding, and even move teeth out of position.
Custom-made night guards are one of the most effective methods for preventing dental damage caused by bruxism. At Central Family Dentistry, we will take measurements so that your guards fit comfortably while you sleep, preventing your teeth from colliding with each other. After a few nights with your new guards, you’ll be able to feel a difference. Give us a call today to learn more!