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CAUSES OF CLENCHING AND GRINDING TEETH
There are two main disorders that can cause you to clench or grind your teeth during the night as you sleep. One is bruxism, which is actually just another word for grinding your teeth. If you have a problem grinding your teeth during the day, you likely also have nighttime bruxism. During the day, you can stop yourself from grinding your teeth, but at night, you have no control. Another cause for clenching or grinding your teeth at night is TMJ disorder. Regardless of the cause, the first thing most dental professionals recommend if you have either of these problems is a nightguard that can help to prevent damage to your teeth from clenching or grinding together. Our CustMbite Nightguard is the best nightguard available on the market today.
Continue reading to learn some of the causes and effects of bruxism and TMJ disorder, as well as to learn how the CustMbite Nightguard can help you sleep better throughout the night.
CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS OF BRUXISM AND TMJ DISORDER
The number one cause of bruxism is stress, whether that’s physical, social, or emotional. There are many ways your body can react to stress, and one of them is to grind your teeth. People who have an aggressive, competitive, or hyperactive personality are more likely to suffer from bruxism. Bruxism can also be an uncommon side effect of certain psychiatric medications like antidepressants. Habits that increase the risk of bruxism include drinking caffeine, using tobacco, or drinking alcohol. The following symptoms are indicators that you may be suffering from nighttime bruxism:
- Grinding your teeth loud enough to wake your sleep partner
- Flattened, chipped, fractured, or loose teeth with no apparent cause
- Worn tooth enamel that exposes deeper layers of the tooth
- Increased tooth sensitivity or pain
- Tired or tight jaw muscles
- Unexplained jaw, face, or neck pain upon waking
- Earaches that have no cause originating in the ear
- Dull headaches that begin in your temples
- Sleep disruption
TMJ disorder occurs when the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is out of alignment. That is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. This can happen if the disk erodes and comes out of alignment. It can also be caused by arthritis or a hard blow to the face, head, or jaw. Bruxism can be another cause of TMJ disorder, so if you’re dealing with nighttime bruxism, it’s best to start using a nightguard before it develops into full-blown TMJ disorder. The following symptoms can indicate that you are dealing with TMJ disorder:
- Pain or tenderness in your jaw
- Pain in one or both of your temporomandibular joints
- Aching pain around your ear with no explanation
- Hearing loss with no explanation originating from your ear
- Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
- Locking of the temporomandibular joint that makes it difficult to either open or close your jaw
- Clicking or grating sound when you chew, talk, or yawn
If you have any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to see a doctor so they can diagnose the problem. Some of the symptoms of bruxism are the same as for TMJ disorder. In both cases, the first thing most doctors will recommend is that you use a nightguard like the CustMbite Nightguard.
The CustMbite Nightguard is made of our patented VistaMaxx material, which was developed with the help of dental professionals for your comfort and protection. The material is strong enough to keep you from clenching or grinding your teeth night after night. At the same time, it’s soft and supple, making it comfortable to wear. You can speak clearly or even drink water while wearing the CustMbite Nightguard, which helps prevent it from being a burden to wear each night.
One of the things that makes the CustMbite Nightguard superior to other nightguards is that you are able to custom-fit it to your teeth. It takes only a couple of minutes to mold it to your teeth. Detailed instructions are included with each nightguard. This helps the nightguard stay in place during the night and also makes it comfortable to wear. For superior protection and comfort while protecting your teeth against the potentially harmful effects of teeth clenching or grinding, you can count on the CustMbite Nightguard.
If you’re looking for affordable and effective protection from the symptoms of bruxism or TMJ disorder, the CustMbite Nightguard is the perfect fit for you. You can choose from five colors when you order your nightguard: clear, blue, pink, navy, and black. That way, your nightguard can more closely fit your personality, or if multiple family members need nightguards, you can tell which one belongs to which family member. Order the best nightguard for clenching and grinding teeth online today. You’ll be glad you did!