Every night when they check on their little sleeping angels, millions of parents across America listen to the irksome noise of their child’s grinding teeth. Fortunately for most of these kids, the grinding will eventually stop. For eight percent of the adult population, according to the National Sleep Foundation, the teeth grinding may not end without intervention of some type of general dentistry. If you are one of those people, Midgette Family Dentistry can help.
Custom-made nightguards protect your teeth and help curb bruxism. These devices prevent upper and lower teeth from making contact. Some nightguards are created from acrylic while others are molded out of a soft plastic and provide cushioning for the teeth.
Occasional grinding of the teeth is not an issue in most cases. However chronic bruxism and clenching can lead to a host of problems. Treating bruxism can save you the expense and discomfort of further problems if left untreated. The first step is to identify bruxism as the problem. Once it is diagnosed then a proper remedy can be offered. Since children usually outgrow the habit, they seldom need treatment.
Factors Associated with Sleep Bruxism
While the jury is still out on the root causes of bruxism, there are several factors that seem to cause it. The most common of these are stress and anxiety. Fatigue is often a factor as well. Stimulants such as alcohol, caffeine, cigarette smoking and some medications also seem to contribute to the problem. Other factors include sleep conditions such as sleep apnea and snoring.
Grinding your teeth at night not only interrupts the sleep of your partner, it can also lead to jaw pain, cracked or broken teeth and general discomfort if your sleep is interrupted. Let the dental experts at Midgette Family Dentistry find the right solution to your bruxism so you can rest easy. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.