Bruxism is the medical terminology for someone who clenches or grinds their teeth, this often happens unknowingly to the person while they sleep.
If you know you suffer from bruxism then you definitely need to purchase and use a mouth guard for grinding.
In most cases, bruxism doesn’t cause any serious complications or cause any problems. But severe bruxism may lead to:
- Damage to your teeth (including restorations and crowns) or jaw
- Tension-type headaches
- Facial pain
- Temporomandibular disorders — which occur in the temporomandibular joints (TMJs), located just in front of your ears and felt when opening and closing your mouth
Make sure that your mouth guard for grinding is comfortable and fits well. Your mouth night guard should protect both your bottom and top teeth and extend all the way to the back of the mouth.
Look for a thinner mouth guard, as thicker ones are for high impact sports like hockey, football and boxing but typically any teeth guards will do.