As said by Hippocrates – “the father of western medicine”, “everything in excess is opposed to nature” and there is a lot of truth in his saying. Nothing in excess is good, not even brushing your teeth.If brushing is good for your teeth, then brushing vigorously must be really good, right? Nope. Still, lots …
Bruxism or Night grinding
Bruxism or night grinding is an excessive grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw. Causes of night grinding may include abnormal alignment of the jaw, intense concentration or situational anxiety or stress. Mild bruxism may not require treatment. However moderate to severe bruxism leads to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other oral problems line flattened, fractured, chipped or loose teeth and decreased chewing efficiency. Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layer of your tooth causes sensitivity.
- Self treatment – Taking steps to relieve stress, practising good sleep habits and avoiding caffeine in the evening may help reduce grinding.
- Dental treatment – The dental treatment for bruxism is dental guard, mouth guard, nocturnal bite plates or bite splints. The night guard is a plastic dental appliance that fits over the teeth. They work by putting a barrier between your teeth. When you clench your jaw, the night guard for teeth helps to lighten the tension and give cushion to the muscles in the jaw.
Methods of cleaning mouth guard
- Wash your night guard with warm water immediately after wearing.
- Keep your night guard on a clean surface and dry it fully, this will prevent it from bacterial growth.
- Do not keep your night guard in bathroom, it may cause humidity to wear it down with time. Best way to keep in bedroom in a strong and dry case.
- It is also important to clean your night guard with toothbrush but not with toothpaste, toothpaste can be abrasive and may cause it to wear out speedily. You can use soap and toothbrush to clean the night guard.
- When it comes to mouth safety and fitness, the dental custom made night guard is an excellent investment.