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Bruxism is a condition in which you grind, gnash, or clench your teeth. This can happen during the day or at night, though it’s most difficult to control during sleep because you can’t tell if you're doing it. If your sleep partner tells you they hear you grinding your teeth at night, though, it’s likely that you have nighttime bruxism. You may also notice that you clench or grind your teeth during the day at times of stress or extreme concentration. Mild or infrequent bruxism may not need to be treated by a physician or dentist, but using a CustMbite Nightguard is the best teeth grinding protection you can get that may help prevent moderate to severe consequences of even mild or intermittent bruxism.
RISK FACTORS AND SYMPTOMS OF BRUXISM
While the cause of bruxism is not known for certain, there are a number of risk factors that are linked to either daytime or nighttime teeth grinding. For example, the condition often runs in families, so if you have family members who suffer from bruxism, you are more likely to deal with it yourself. Your age may have something to do with the condition, as it is simply more common in younger people and children. Luckily, most children outgrow their childhood bruxism, but using teeth grinding protection can prevent later complications even at a young age.
Stress is often linked to bruxism, along with certain types of personalities. Increased amounts of anxiety, stress, anger, or frustration can lead to a teeth-grinding habit during the day or at night. People with aggressive, hyperactive, or competitive personalities are more likely to suffer from bruxism than those with more laid-back, calm personalities. This is another way that stress is linked to the condition.
If you take certain medications, such as some antidepressants, you may be at higher risk of developing bruxism than somebody who does not take such medications. Other things you can consume are also risk factors for bruxism, such as caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, or recreational drugs. Unfortunately, each of these substances comes with other health risks, so it’s a good idea to prevent problems by reducing or ceasing their use.
There are other mental health and other medical conditions that seem to be linked with bruxism as well. Parkinson’s disease is one of these, along with gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD). You may also be at higher risk for bruxism if you experience night terrors, dementia, or sleep disorders like sleep apnea. If you have epilepsy or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may also be at higher risk of developing bruxism.
Many people aren’t aware they have bruxism until they start experiencing some of the condition's unpleasant symptoms. For example, you may notice that some of your back teeth are fractured, flattened, chipped, or even loose with no obvious cause. Your tooth enamel may be worn down enough to expose deeper layers of your tooth, which can be quite painful. Along that line, increased tooth pain or sensitivity can indicate a problem with bruxism. So can waking up with tired or tight jaw muscles or pain in the neck, jaw, or face. People with bruxism frequently suffer from dull headaches that begin in the temples or have damage on the inside of their cheeks from chewing them while unaware.
If you have any of these symptoms, you may have bruxism. When you go to the dentist, the first thing they are likely to suggest as treatment is a nightguard, which isn’t a cure for bruxism (there is no known cure), but which can prevent further injury to your teeth or pain on waking.
The CustMbite Nightguard is the best nightguard on the market for a few reasons. First, it is custom-fit to your teeth for your comfort. Fitting the nightguard to your teeth takes only a couple of minutes. Not only does this make the nightguard more comfortable, but it helps it stay in all night long, even in restless sleepers.
The CustMbite Nightguard is made of our patented VistaMaxx material, which is supple enough to be comfortable while also being strong enough to stand up to your teeth attempting to grind night after night. Our nightguard has been evaluated and cleared by the FDA and is safe to use. It doesn’t contain latex, phthalates, PVC, or BPA. It also does not absorb water, saliva, or bacteria, so it’s easy to keep clean, especially when you use CustMbite's All Natural Oral Appliance Cleaner. It works on nightguards, retainers, and any other oral appliance you may be using.
The CustMbite Nightguard is perfect for use by people with traditional metal braces because it can be remolded to your teeth each time you have an adjustment or your teeth shift.
The CustMbite Nightguard is designed for your comfort and teeth grinding protection. It also comes in petite sizes for children’s use. It’s designed to be worn night after night. You will be able to speak clearly, drink water, and breathe easily with the CustMbite Nightguard in your mouth. Order the best teeth grinding protection online today and see the difference it can make in your life.