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Many people experience bruxism, or teeth grinding. Some people may do this consciously during the day, but it is a larger problem at night while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, or irritate your gums. The noise from teeth grinding can also disturb your spouse’s sleep if loud enough.

If you grind your teeth, Dr. Jorgensen may recommend a night guard. The night guard, which is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. All night guards are custom fitted for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. For many types of night guards, Dr. Jorgensen will take an impression of your teeth and have the night guard created by a dental lab. Some styles of night guards can easily be made in our office! Night guards are very durable and can be used for up to 10 years.

There are also some things that you can do to try to stop teeth grinding. You can train your jaw to be free and easy rather than clenched. Refrain from chewing gum or on other objects like pens. You should also avoid alcoholic drinks and drinks with caffeine, as these can increase the likelihood you will grind your teeth.

If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth at night, please call Legacy Family Dentistry at 770-536-1170 to set up an appointment with our dentist and learn more about night guards in Gainesville, Georgia.

Night Guards