Many people are afflicted with bruxism, or teeth grinding. Some people may do this consciously during the day, but it is a larger problem at night during sleep. 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 it is loud enough.

If you grind your teeth, you should consider a night guard. The night guard, which is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, is an appliance that our dentist, Dr. Stella O. Nnadi, can create for you. Night guards provide 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. Our dentist will take an impression of your teeth and have the night guard created by our dental lab. 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 that you will grind your teeth. If you suspect you might be grinding your teeth at night, please call 704-688-7588 to set up an appointment for a night guard in Charlotte, North Carolina.