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Grind During the Day, Not While You’re Asleep

When you wake up in the morning, what you should be feeling is a rested body that is ready to take on the day ahead. You shouldn’t have to wake up with pain in your jaw or teeth. Tooth grinding is very common and, unfortunately, many people simply choose to accept it as part of their night. There is no reason why you should have to suffer not only the pain but the dangerous side effects that can happen because of teeth grinding.  Let’s talk about treatments for grinding your teeth and what you can do for yourself to prevent having to deal with these issues.

Why Do I Need a Night Guard?

Night guards are specifically designed to protect your teeth during the night. While you’re asleep, you don’t have active control over your body; you can’t tell yourself to stop grinding your teeth because you’re resting from a long day. Even if you have a spouse that wakes you up to tell you that you’re grinding your teeth, it just means that your sleep is being interrupted and your body isn’t getting the rest that it needs. A night guard is a barrier between your top and bottom teeth. Consider it to be your mouth’s protector; its armor.

The Dangers of Grinding Your Teeth

The pain in your mouth and jaw that I mentioned before are just two of the problems that are common with the issue. You can damage your enamel, which is not something that you can replace. You can wear down your teeth or even cause a crack in your tooth. Both of these issues are very painful and fixing a crack in your tooth is not a cheap procedure.  Prolonged grinding makes it possible to develop a very painful condition called Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome. This is just a ‘fancy’ way of saying that your jaw can pop in and out of place, lock up to the point that you can’t move it, and constant pain when trying to eat.

Getting Started with a Night Guard

The process of getting a night guard is simple. The first step is getting an impression of your teeth taken so that your mouth’s ‘armor’ fits perfectly. Every single guard is custom fitted for the individual it is going to, there is no “one size fits all”. You don’t have to worry about having a guard that is too big or too small for your teeth. The guard will fit comfortably in your mouth to allow proper breathing and no discomfort. You deserve to have a good night’s sleep and tooth grinding shouldn’t get in the way of that.

Preventive Care

Preventive Care

Oral Health Care & PreventionWhile modern advancements may have taken away the pain involved in dental surgery, the time and money spent to resolve an issue within your mouth can leave you hurting all the same. Dr. Burke Jardine, DMD, at Excel Dental is an expert dedicated to providing cost-effective care to all patients, and a key component of that affordability is preventative care. This means taking steps every day, many from the comfort of your own home, to keep you from ever requiring the more expensive procedures to repair and replace deteriorated teeth. Keeping your mouth healthy using these measures can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

 

Diet
As with many health-related goals, tooth care begins with what you put into your mouth. Sugary sweets and junk food wear away at the enamel that protects your pearly whites. Try replacing your guilty pleasures with nutritious snacks that not only are less harmful but also strengthen your teeth.

Brushing
Though brushing is a no-brainer to many, it is worth mentioning that daily brushing between meals is one of the most important precautions you can take in caring for your teeth. Regular brushing and flossing remove decaying foods that allow bacteria to erode your teeth as well as cause gum disease. Using a good fluoride toothpaste will kill bacteria and keep your teeth strong to prevent chips and cracks.

Check-ups
There are some things best left to the experts. Dr. Burke Jardine, DMD, is practiced in regular cleaning methods to catch what you may have missed while brushing and remove plaque that has built up despite your best efforts. Visiting your dentist often can help to identify problems early in order to make small corrections rather than lengthy procedures later.

If you have questions or would like to know more about preventative care, contact Excel Dental today. We’re happy to give you advice and welcome new members into our family of smiles.

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