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 while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth can
damage enamel, wear down teeth, because jaw pain, or irritate
your gums. The noise from teeth grinding can also disturb your
spouse's sleep if 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, provides 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. Your dentist will take an
impression of your teeth and have the night guard created by a
dental lab. Night guards are very durable and can be used for up
to 10 years.