Choosing Night Guards in Charlotte, NC
What may seem like an annoyance to some people is, in reality, a potentially serious dental condition. It's called bruxism or nighttime tooth grinding, and while the noise may drive a spouse or parent crazy, the real problems are wearing, damage to tooth enamel and related medical conditions. Fortunately, dentists can offer patients a simple and relatively cost-sparing solution called a nightguard.
Causes and Effects of Bruxism (Tooth Grinding)
Both children and adults grind their teeth. While children seem to outgrow bruxism, the American Dental Association (ADA) says adults can struggle with it for years. This may be due to anxiety and stress, a misaligned bite, allergies, or sleep apnea and other sleep-related disorders
The repeated clenching and crushing forces associated with bruxism can result in:
- tooth pain and nerve sensitivity
- cracks and chips in tooth enamel
- tooth loss
- receding of gums
- pain in the ear, back, shoulders, and neck
A Night Guard Can Be a Solution
5 Tips On Caring For Your Night Guard
Brush and floss before wearing a nightguard.
Clean it with warm water and soap. Rinse it well before inserting it.
Keep it in a perforated container to protect it and keep it flexible.
Avoid storing it in extreme temperatures as this breaks down the material.
Have your dentist check it for fit and wear when you go for your regular examination and cleaning.
Dr. Susan A. Hockaday, DDS PA - Family Dental Practice
Dr. Hockaday, your Charlotte, NC family dentist, will evaluate your teeth and determine if a night guard is right for you. Experience, expertise, and a desire to see you with a beautiful, healthy, and long-lasting smile--that's what you'll find at Dr. Susan A. Hockaday DDS, PA. Call today for an appointment!