Did you know that lots of us clench or grind our teeth
at some point throughout the day, and even when we
sleep? Using a custom mouth guard can help to reduce
the pain this causes and prevent further damage to
your teeth and body.

Why do I clench or grind my teeth?

It’s very common - lots of people clench or grind their teeth during their sleep without even knowing it! This can be a result of stress, or because your upper and lower teeth do not fit properly in an ideal ‘bite’. 

Some people may also clench their teeth when they are driving or doing exercise such as lifting weights.

What problems can teeth clenching and grinding cause?

When you clench and grind your teeth, even if you don’t realize that you’re doing it, you cause damage to the biting surfaces of your teeth and dental restorations.

This can cause teeth to wear down over time. If this wear is not prevented by using a mouthguard at night, the damage can build up until all the teeth need to be restored by placing dental crowns.

Through severe teeth wear, it is also possible that your ideal jaw position will be affected. This can result in jaw pain and headaches, as well as muscle tension that can start to spread to your neck, back and shoulders. 

Types of mouthguards

To prevent further damage, it’s important to protect your teeth by wearing a mouthguard. At Ironwood Dental Care, we can provide you with nightguards and sportsguards to protect your teeth from further wear.



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