If you’re experiencing headaches, jaw pain, tooth pain, or unevenly worn teeth – you may be grinding your teeth in the night, also known as Bruxism. Since you are asleep, you probably aren’t aware that you are doing it – but your spouse or someone else may hear you, unless you are a silent grinder.
If you are grinding your teeth, you might have:
• Poor occlusion (when your upper and lower teeth don’t meet the way they should)
• Depression and/or anxiety
• High levels of stress/poor stress response
• Neurotransmitter disruptions
• Neurodegenerative disorders like Huntington’s or Parkinson’s diseases
• Genetic predisposition
• Use of antidepressants, amphetamines, anti-anxiety drugs, or antipsychotics
• Nicotine use
• Frequent alcohol use
• Excessive coffee intake
• Disordered sleep breathing disorders
Getting to the root of the problem is critical for your physical, emotional and oral health. Until you determine the cause and cure it, you can protect your teeth and reduce or eliminate the pain grinding causes you by sleeping with a nightguard.
A night guard provides the best protection against nighttime bruxism. The night guard assists in providing protection from damage due to both grinding as well as clenching. It is designed with opposing grooves as well, to help secure a natural resting bite and reduce damage as much as possible as you sleep. A nightguard also helps:
• Prevent tooth damage
• Prevent TMJ Dysfunction
• Provide relief from pain and tension
• Reduce headaches
• Improve quality of sleep
• Prevent crown damage
You’ve probably never heard “dentist office visit” and “spa-like” in the same breath, but that is what you will find at Tri City Dental Care in Kennewick. When we say our practice is centered around you, it means all of you. Our specialists know that being relaxed, safe and mentally centered is a critical importance in the long-term success of your oral health. Coming to Tri City Dental Care is not only quick and efficient but instantly pleasurable. Just some of the extras you will appreciate are customized massage chairs, aromatherapy and paraffin hand treatment.
Call our Tri-Cities dentist office to find out more. We want you to understand all your options and the best solution for your needs. We are located on Plaza way in Kennewick. We are the building with the green roof, across from Trios. Call us now to schedule a stress-free appointment at Tri-City Dental Care. 509.204.7516