Teeth grinding during sleep
An extremely large number of people grind their teeth while sleeping. Most are unaware that they are doing this. Sometimes grinding will occur during periods of stress; however, stress is not the only cause. Teeth grinding can also be caused by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or teeth that are missing or crooked. The symptoms of teeth grinding include:
- Dull headaches
- Jaw soreness
- Teeth that are painful or loose
- Fractured teeth
Teeth grinding is also common in children. However, because their teeth and jaws change and grow so quickly it is not usually damaging and most will outgrow it by adolescence. Other possible causes of teeth grinding in children include:
- Irritation in the mouth
- Misaligned teeth
How does a NightGuard help?
NightGuard is a simple but unique construction that prevents the back (posterior) teeth from coming into contact and corrects the irregular chewing surfaces on the teeth, so that there is no more grinding.
If you’re concerned about you or your child’s teeth grinding, ask the dentists at Linden Dental Associates about the potential causes and, if necessary, the possible solutions.