Do you grind your teeth at night? If so, it is recommended that you wear a nightguard to help with this issue. The main issue is that many people are not aware that during the night they are grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw. Speak with your dentist to determine whether or not you may require a nightguard.

If your face feels sore when you wake up, it may be an indication you may require a nightguard. Teeth and jaw pain, as well as earaches, are all signs that you’re grinding your teeth while you sleep. This can put a lot of stress on your jaw muscles causing them to become tender. The strain will result in pain, which will make it difficult to open your mouth or even chew. Facial soreness of any kind must be discussed with your dentist to see if bruxism is the cause. Constantly waking up with headaches is another indication that you may be grinding your teeth at night. The pressure placed on the jaw while grinding will lead to headaches that are either mild or intense and the pain is typically centred around the sides and back of your head.

Visible signs of tooth wear are another sign to look out for because repeated grinding will eventually wear down your tooth enamel and your teeth can become more sensitive. If you notice cracks in your teeth or molars that look flat on top or feel that your front teeth look shorter or you have a chipped tooth without knowing how it happened, these are all signs of both stress and strain that have led to tooth wear.

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is actually a very common dental problem and affects patients of all ages. Whatever the case may be, a nightguard may be the answer because it is an effective treatment option that will protect your teeth while grinding. You simply must wear it over your teeth when you go to sleep and it will help prevent any further damage by offering the protection your teeth require.

The thought of a nightguard may not be very exciting but for anyone who grinds their teeth, this is an effective solution. Patients will see a difference when it comes to wear and tear if they properly follow the instructions to wear their night guard. If you think you may be in need of one, you will need a dentist to assess your condition and confirm whether or not this is the right option for you. 

Alba Dental Centre in London can help with all your family’s dental needs, they provide compassionate and personalized care to patients of all ages. Their experienced dental team will be happy to set up an appointment for you, so give them a call today!