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London Teeth Grinding – dentists share tips and options

Stressed in work? City life taking its toll? Do you wake up with a saw head and jaw?? You may be one of many people in need of a mouth or night grinding guard.

Pop into Smilepod Bank and book a consultation with our very friendly and experienced dentists who will be happy to discuss and identify if you are in need of a guard.

Mouth Guards for Oral Medicine Purposes

Some people have a habit of grinding their teeth during sleep (bruxism). Most people are not aware of their bruxism. Only an estimated 5% go on to develop symptoms, such as jaw pain and headaches, which require prompt treatment. A sleeping partner or parent may notice the behavior first, although sufferers may notice pain symptoms without understanding the cause.

Patients may present with a variety of symptoms, including: Anxiety, stress, and tension, Earache, Headaches or Migraines, chipped or broken tooth, Gum recession, Neck pain and sore or painful jaw.

If you have any of these symptoms, it is recommended to visit the dentist. You may need a custom-made guard or Nightgurad. Depending on age, because people’s bites change as they grow; over time, new guards might be needed. He or she will create a mold for a bite plate, sometimes known as a mouth splint. Although wearing a guard will not stop someone from grinding their teeth, it will help relieve all kinds of symptoms and prevent temporomandibular joint problems (TMJ) as well as unnecessary enamel wear.

Researchers classify bruxism as “a habitual behavior, and a sleep disorder.” The effects of bruxism on an anterior tooth revealing the dentin and pulp which are normally hidden by enamel can be easily identified by a Dentist. Over time, dental damage increases. If enough enamel has been abraded, the softer dentin will be exposed, increasing the possibility of dental decay and tooth fracture. Bruxism is the leading cause of occlusal trauma and a significant cause of tooth loss and gum recession.

The cause of bruxism can be quite varied, from allergic reactions or medical ailments, to trauma (such as a car crash) to a period of unusual stress, but once bruxism becomes a habit, the original stimulus can be removed without ending the habit which is why an early intervention by a dentist is strongly advisable.

Mouth Guards Used in Sports to Avoid Dental Trauma

Sports event audiences around the world are probably most familiar with mouth guards because they see athletes wear them. Football players and boxers employ them, but hockey players and skateboarders wear them too. Currently, mouth guards are not mandatory to wear in most other school sports, such as basketball or soccer; however, that may change. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry reports that up to a third of all injuries involving school sports sustain some type of oral damage that a mouth guard could have prevented. What’s more, according to the National Youth Sports Foundation, every year, in the United States alone, over five million teeth are lost due to sports-related injuries. This is the reason athletes who are concerned about their smiles sport their guards.

 

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