Having a healthy, beautiful smile sometimes takes more than typical oral hygiene. You may brush twice a day, floss daily, and see a dentist every six months, but you still don’t have that healthy smile because you grind and clench your teeth at night. But worry not. If teeth grinding is wreaking havoc on your oral health, Greg Campbell, DDS offers custom-made mouthguards to protect your smile as you sleep.
According to the American Sleep Association, about 10% of adults and 15% of children live under the bondage of teeth grinding. As you let these statistics sink in, teeth grinding (technically referred to as bruxism) is the involuntary grinding of teeth at night. The common causes of bruxism include stress and anxiety, but certain medications (antidepressants), smoking, and alcohol intake are notorious for increasing the likelihood of teeth grinding.
If you have bruxism, you grind your teeth against each other, and the force is enough to cause cracks and chips in your teeth. Apart from the apparent dental damage, the other symptoms of bruxism include:
Bruxism can diminish your quality of life, but it doesn’t mean this has to be the way of life. If you are battling bruxism in Long Beach, California, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Greg Campbell, and you will be a step closer to a healthy, painless smile.
If Dr. Campbell notices signs of teeth clenching and grinding, he will recommend a nightguard to prevent your teeth from pressing over each other. Our nightguards are custom-made after taking your bite impressions. As such, our oral appliances are super comfortable compared to those generic nightguards you may find in your nearest drugstore.
A mouthguard is worn at night and prevents the upper and lower teeth from wearing each other. Besides, the nightguard absorbs the grinding force, making bruxism less painful.