Teeth grinding is common among both adults and children. This happens when an individual tightens and clenches their jaw and teeth and grinds them aggressively together. Most people don’t even realize they are grinding their teeth and in fact, many people grind their teeth when they are sleeping.
There are many reasons individuals grind their teeth together in such an aggressive and destructive manner. A few common reasons include their jaw positions, their bite, or even the spacing of their teeth. Regardless of the reason why, teeth grinding can be extremely destructive. Extensive teeth grinding can wear down the teeth, making them shorter. It can also lead to tooth loss, tooth sensitivity, even broken teeth and damage to the jaw. It is a serious issue and one that may require medical attention.
If you or a family member grinds their teeth at night, a night guard may be your solution. A night guard is a covering placed on the teeth to protect them and other areas of the mouth from the excessive grinding. It is a durable device and is made from a hard plastic that can withstand aggressive force. For night guards to be effective, they should be customized and fit properly by a dental professional.
At Markham 7 Dental, we can properly size and fit you for a night guard. In addition, we can provide advice and guidance on how to correctly wear and care for your night guard to prevent further damage to your teeth and jaw. How you care for your mouth is vital to keeping your teeth strong and protecting your jaw from damage. With the proper care and the right tools, like a night guard, you can take care of your teeth and make sure you have a healthy, beautiful smile for years to come.
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