Bruxism is a condition that usually affects adults between the age of 24 and 55. This is a condition where they grind or clench their teeth subconsciously due to different reasons but mostly due to stress and anxiety. Severe bruxism usually leads to adverse effects such as damaged teeth, damaged gums, earaches, headaches and painful jaws. Bruxism is a condition that occurs both day and night but the bruxism with the most adverse effects is sleep bruxism, i.e. bruxism when one is asleep.
Sleep bruxism is a condition that often affects men. It is a condition that is usually caused by stress and anxiety and other psychological conditions. It might be triggered by prescription medication such as psychotic drugs or anti stress medication. It could also be as a result of alcohol, smoking, or the intake of lots of caffeine.
Whereas there is no known definite cure for bruxism, there are measures which can be used to control bruxism. One of the leading ways of controlling bruxism is through the use of mouth guards.
Mouth guards are protective devices worn in the mouth and they are usually worn to protect the teeth or to reduce damage to the teeth. They are also used to protect the gums, and the lips. Mouth guards are often used in contact sports but they are also used to control bruxism.
People suffering from bruxism are advised to wear bruxism night mouth guards when they go to sleep. The mouth guards help in preventing the individual from getting the teeth grinding or teeth gnashing sensation and thereby helps him or her from grinding or gnashing the teeth. The mouth guard also helps to protect the teeth from the effects of intensive teeth grinding or gnashing.
Severe or intensive teeth grinding or gnashing can result to great damage in the teeth due to attrition. The teeth can become disfigured and the enamel can easily break, crack, or chip off. Severe bruxism can also lead to gum damage.
There are different types of mouth guards that an individual can use to control their bruxism. There are the common mouth guards that are bought off the shelf from any department store or from the sports goods outlets. These are the stock mouth guards that are purchased preformed and they retain their shape. These mouth guards are usually quite affordable although they might be uncomfortable to wear since they will rarely conform to an individual’s unique teeth shape and arrangement.
Using these stock mouth protectors the user is usually not able to speak well due to their bulky nature. They also give the wearer an awkward look.
There are also the boil and bite mouth guards. These are mouth guards that are built with a special thermoplastic material that becomes soft when exposed to high temperature. Before wearing these mouth guards, one first puts the mouth guard in boiling water then bites into the mouth guard. Since the mouth guard will have softened up, the mouth guard will be able to conform to the shape of the teeth of the wearer.
Boil and bite mouth guards are much more comfortable as compared to stock mouth guards.
The best mouth guards are custom fitted mouth guards. These are mouth guards built to fit the specifications and shape of the wearer. Despite being more effective and comfortable, they are more costly.