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Posted on: November 2, 2020
Are Cracked Teeth on the Rise?
The New York Times recently reported an alarming increase in the number of cases of cracked and broken teeth as a result of grinding or clenching during the pandemic. Dentists have been reporting increased cases of damage to patient’s teeth that they believe can be attributed to the stress of dealing with restrictions and issues related to the coronavirus outbreak.
Don’t let the pandemic take an even greater toll on your dental health, at Advanced Dental Care of Sarasota East, we can provide you with practical and positive solutions for all your dental care needs. If you are experiencing pain or damage to your teeth because of grinding or clenching during the day or night, our experienced team will meet with you to determine the cause and present practical, affordable solutions, all in the Sarasota area.
Finding ways to address these issues may require the use of a custom-fitted mouth guard, which can prevent added damage to your teeth caused by clenching or grinding them. Call our office today to learn more about how to protect your teeth.
What Does Bruxism Mean?
Grinding or clenching your teeth is referred to as bruxism by dentists and medical professionals. This habit is usually an unconscious behavior that occurs during sleep or when you are under stress during the day. Many people are not aware that they grind their teeth during the night unless someone else notices or until their problem is diagnosed by a dentist.
Bruxism is dangerous to the health of your teeth and your jaw. The pressure caused by clenching your teeth can cause the outer enamel to crack or break. Grinding your teeth by moving them against each other can cause even greater problems by wearing away the enamel and by causing teeth to become misaligned or loose. Bruxism is also linked to severe headaches, sleep disorders and a feeling of discomfort in the jaw, neck and face.
What Are Additional Risk Factors for Bruxism?
Some of the most common risk factors associated with grinding or clenching your teeth include your age, your personality type, the substances you use and medications you take, the stress you may be under and the overall state of your health. Additional risk information is below:
- Younger children are more likely to grind their teeth than older children and adults.
- Type A and aggressive personalities are often more likely to suffer from bruxism.
- Caffeine, nicotine and alcohol use may increase the risk of grinding your teeth.
- Some medications can also increase your chances of grinding your teeth at night.
- If you suffer from ADHD, epilepsy or sleep apnea, you are likely to be at greater risk of the damage caused by bruxism.
How Can I Stop Clenching My Teeth During the Day?
Reducing your use of caffeine and tobacco products is often helpful in managing issues with stress and clenched teeth during the day. By cutting out these foods and practicing stress-reducing behaviors, such as deep breathing, taking a walk in nature, and others, you can protect your teeth from the damage caused by bruxism and can ensure the healthiest teeth and the brightest smiles for you and your family.
How Can Our Dental Team Help with Bruxism?
At Advanced Dental Care of Sarasota East, we specialize in creating custom dental appliances designed to prevent damage to your teeth caused by bruxism. These custom night guards are precisely fitted to the shape and size of your teeth and jaw, which ensures the most comfortable fit and the best outcomes for you and your family.
What Is a Custom Night Guard?
A custom night guard is a tray-like appliance that fits over your teeth while you sleep. This guard creates a cushion that prevents damage to your teeth caused by intense pressure from clenching or grinding together during sleeping hours. By working with our dental team, you can ensure the best outcomes for your teeth and your long-term dental health.
Why Should You Wear a Teeth Protector at Night?
Custom teeth guards are designed to reduce the symptoms associated with bruxism, including damage to your teeth enamel from grinding or clenching your teeth, headaches and discomfort caused by misalignment or injury to your temporomandibular joint, also known as TMJ.
How Do People Get Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome?
TMJ syndrome is a disorder that can be caused by injuries or stress that causes a slight misalignment of the muscles and joints of the jaw. This can lead to headaches, pain in the jaw, issues with chewing or opening your mouth too widely, pain in the face or neck and a significant change in your bite. In some cases, the side of your jaw may swell as a result of TMJ syndrome.
Will a Mouth Guard Provide Relief for TMJ Pain?
While a custom-fitted mouth guard cannot stop you from clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth while you sleep, it can provide a cushion that can prevent damage to your tooth enamel and can reduce the painful effects of bruxism and TMJ syndrome.
Why Should You Select a Custom-fitted Mouth Guard?
Your local pharmacy may carry generic mouth guards that are basically one-size-fits-all dental appliances. You may be able to obtain similar products online. Neither of these options will provide the protection needed against TMJ syndrome and bruxism that a custom-fitted mouth guard can offer for your teeth.
Where Are Custom Night Guards Available?
Our dental team can take precise measurements of your teeth to create a customized night guard appliance that will fit snugly and will provide you with the help you need to prevent damage to your teeth and to address issues with TMJ disorders and other side effects that can result from bruxism.
Are Custom, Bruxism Mouth Guards Expensive?
Custom mouth guards can sometimes be expensive. At Advanced Dental Care of Sarasota East, we work with you to determine the most affordable options for you and your family based on your needs. We accept most dental insurance plans and will work to create the right payment plans and solutions for you and your family. If you want experienced, high-quality dental care in Sarasota, our team can deliver the right solutions for your needs. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment with us. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.