Nightguards For Bruxism – Burlington, MA
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Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
Bruxism often goes unnoticed because it commonly occurs at night while you’re asleep. However, there are some ways that you can find out if you grind your teeth nightly. Be sure to keep an eye out for some of the following signs:
At the first sight of any of the following symptoms, be sure to schedule a checkup so Dr. Kostas can examine your mouth and let you know whether you can benefit from a custom-crafted nightguard.
Causes of Bruxism
For some time, researchers have been trying to find out what exactly causes bruxism. While they haven’t quite been able to put their finger on a single source, there are a few common risk factors that have been uncovered. Some of these include:
Nightguards for Bruxism Offer the Best Protection
The Benefits of Getting a Customized Nightguard
Some patients debate between investing in a customized nightguard designed by a professional or a store-bought one that you can boil and bite. Although a nightguard made specially for your mouth may have a higher upfront cost, you’ll be able to count on the quality and know that it’s safe for your mouth. Some other advantages of visiting our office for a protective nightguard for bruxism include:
- Long-term savings because the nightguard has a longer lifespan.
- Maximized protection because of the accurate fit.
- Headache prevention.
- Reduced tension in the facial muscles.
- Reduced risk of breaking, chipping, or cracking teeth.
- Better quality of rest.
Caring for Customized Nightguards
Regular maintenance of your nightguard will keep it clean and make it last longer. When you prevent bacteria from transferring from your guard to your mouth, you’ll be able to reduce your risk of developing oral health problems. One important note: be sure that you don’t use scalding hot water while cleaning your mouthguard. Although it will sanitize it, it can also cause the shape to warp and not fit your mouth properly. Otherwise, here are some upkeep tips:
- After every time you use it, be sure to rinse and dry it.
- Whenever your mouthguard isn’t being used, it should be stored in a hard, ventilated case.
- Sanitize your nightguard at least once a week by placing it in a cup and completely covering it in hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it under lukewarm water.
If you’d like some additional care tips for your nightguard, be sure to ask us when you come pick it up from our office. Also, if you have any concerns or questions while you’re using it, our team will be more than happy to help you address them over the phone.