You may not be familiar with the term “Bruxism,” but you are undoubtedly familiar with the behavior. Bruxism is the clenching, gnashing, or grinding of teeth. Many of us do it without even realizing; in fact, a lot of people do it in their sleep. It’s important to understand the consequences of bruxism and how it can impact your dental health.

What does Bruxism cause?

-Cracked teeth
-Jaw Pain
-Loose teeth
-TMJ disorder
-Wearing away teeth and enamel

To protect against bruxism your dentist may recommend an appliance called an Occlusal Guard that is worn at night. You made have heard of over the counter night guards…. Keep in mind that they are not recommended as the best solution as they can be bulky and uncomfortable to wear. Over the counter guards are also made out of a thinner material so they do not last.  A professionally made occlusal guard is the best option as the as they provide the best protection available and are extremely durable.