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How to Treat Clenching and Grinding

February 3, 2020

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What is Clenching and Grinding? 

These are typically both involuntary functions of the jaw that consist of the jaws biting together with force (clenching) and possibly moving back and forth (grinding.) Both clenching and grinding often occur at night but may occur during the day during stressful periods. If done during the day, it is crucial to notice when these habits are happening and try to stop them. If they occur at night, a nightguard may be useful to prevent damage to the teeth. 


What is a Nightguard?

January 13, 2020

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A nightguard is a mouth guard used overnight to protect your teeth, jawbones and jaw joints from the wear and tear from nighttime grinding and clenching. The official name for these habits is called “bruxism,” and it affects many more people than you would think. Bruxism is considered a sleep movement disorder. A nightguard is a transparent oral appliance that is made to fit your teeth. It may cover all or a portion of your teeth, depending on the type. They can also be fabricated to be worn on the top or bottom. 


What is bruxism and how does it affect me?

November 30, 2015

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woman in bed grinding teeth while sleepingIf you grind your teeth or clench your jaws constantly, you have a habit known as bruxism.  It is estimated that bruxism affects up to 10% of the population.  Bruxism can be present in both children and adults.  Bruxism can occur during sleep when you are not aware of it and during the day when you may be aware of it.  Some people constantly clench or grind their teeth during the day, without being aware of it.  If bruxism occurs during the day when the person is awake, usually there is no grinding of the teeth. Instead, they are usually clenching their teeth.  Those who grind their teeth or clench while asleep typically have other sleeping disorders, such as sleep apnea and snoring.  Sleep apnea occurs where there are pauses in breathing during sleep.  Sometimes the person may not be aware that they are clenching or grinding their teeth if it usually happens during sleep.  Often, a spouse will hear the grinding and notify the person.  It is essential to recognize the signs and speak to your dentist.