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If you suffer from either bruxism or TMJ disorder, you need a dental mouthguard. Bruxism is a condition that causes you to clench, grind, or gnash your teeth. Sometimes this happens in the daytime, but more often it happens at night when you can’t control it yourself. TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder occurs when your TMJ is out of alignment. Either of these conditions can lead to painful dental consequences, and the answer for either one may be a dentist-quality dental mouthguard. The best one on the market is our CustMbite Nightguard. Continue reading to learn more about bruxism and TMJ disorder as well as how the CustMbite Nightguard can help alleviate the symptoms of these conditions.
SYMPTOMS, CAUSES, AND RISK FACTORS FOR TMJ DISORDER AND BRUXISM
Some of the symptoms of bruxism and TMJ disorder are the same. For example, pain in the jaw, face, neck, or even the ear can happen with either condition. Sleep disruption is likely from either one—for you or your sleep partner—due to either the noise or the pain caused by bruxism.
Symptoms of bruxism include teeth that are inexplicably flattened, chipped, fractured, or even loose. The same is true of teeth that have worn enamel that exposes deeper layers of the tooth. Increased pain or sensitivity, tired or tight jaw muscles, and a dull headache that starts in the temples are all symptoms of bruxism.
Symptoms particular to TMJ disorder include pain in either one or both of the temporomandibular joints, difficulty or pain while chewing, and aching facial pain. Sometimes the TMJ will lock up, forcing you to pop your joint to open or close your mouth. The most common symptom of TMJ disorder is a popping or grinding sound coming from your TMJ when you chew, talk, or yawn.
The TMJ combines a hinge action with sliding motions. The bones involved are covered in cartilage and are separated with a small shock-absorbing disk that keeps the movement smooth. If the disk erodes or moves out of alignment, TMJ disorder may result. Other causes of TMJ disorder are cartilage damaged by different types of arthritis like rheumatoid or osteoarthritis and a damaged joint due to an impact or blow to the face or jaw.
There are some factors associated with a higher risk of developing TMJ disorder, including different types of arthritis, an injury to the jaw, and certain connective tissue diseases that can cause problems affecting the temporomandibular joint. Another potential cause of TMJ disorder is chronic bruxism.
While the causes of bruxism are not known, there are certain risk factors. One of the greatest risk factors is stress. This can be caused by increased anxiety, anger, or frustration. Bruxism occurs more in younger people and children, in people who have a hyperactive, aggressive, or competitive personality, or in people with other family members who have bruxism.
The use of certain medications and substances is linked to bruxism as well. These include antidepressants, tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, and recreational drugs. There are medical and mental health conditions that are also linked with higher instances of bruxism. Some of these include Parkinson’s disease, amnesia, night terrors, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, epilepsy, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), and sleep apnea.
For either TMJ disorder or bruxism, the first line of defense against the complications and painful consequences is usually a quality dental mouthguard. More severe cases of TMJ disorder may require the intervention of a dental professional, so if a dental mouthguard doesn’t help, you’ll have to speak with your dentist or orthodontist.
The first important quality of an excellent nightguard is that you will use it. A dental mouthguard that sits on the bathroom counter doesn’t help with any of the symptoms of bruxism or TMJ disorder. That’s why we’ve designed the CustMbite Nightguard to be strong and effective in preventing your teeth from grinding or clenching together and also comfortable enough to wear all night.
The CustMbite Nightguard is also designed to be custom-fit to your teeth. This only takes a couple of minutes and has the added benefit of keeping the nightguard in place in your mouth all night. The nightguard is made of our patented VistaMaxx material, which is strong, flexible, and does not absorb saliva or bacteria, making it especially easy to clean each morning with warm, soapy water. You can trust the CustMbite Nightguard as it has been evaluated and cleared by the FDA. It’s free of latex, BPA, PVC, and phthalates, making it safe to wear night after night. If you suffer from bruxism or TMJ disorder, get the CustMbite Nightguard, a dentist-quality mouthguard at a fraction of the price.
Whether it’s you or your child suffering from bruxism or TMJ disorder, the CustMbite Nightguard is the right choice for you. It comes in regular and petite sizes and your choice of five different colors. It fits over braces and can be remolded every time your teeth shift. Order the best dental mouthguard online today and see the difference CustMbite can make.