Bruxism is defined as the habit of unconsciously gritting, grinding the teeth or clenching the jaw especially in situations of stress or during sleep. Below are some facts and statistics of bruxism that you may or may not have been aware of.
1. According to the American Sleep Association, bruxism affects 10% of Americans Adults and as many as 15% of American Children.
That means that over 30 million people deal with this on a daily basis – many of which go untreated! It is also important to know that it can only truly be diagnosed by a dentist that is why it is imperative to have regular checkups with your dentist and if you feel constant pain in your teeth make an appointment and get it looked at and confirmed. You want to catch it as early as possible to prevent further damage to your teeth and all the pain and expense of potential dental work that will ensue.
2. Bruxism rates are higher in people with a family history of the disorder, with rates that can be as high as 50%.
Know your history and take all the necessary actions to prevent potential further damage to your teeth! If this is something that has been previously diagnosed in your family, go see your dentist. Don’t wait until it is too late and the damage has already been done, and the only remedy is additional dental work. Protect your teeth from grinding and save yourself from major dental problems.
3. Bruxism can happen during the day also, not just at night.
Although it is easier to control during the day, a dental grind guard is still recommended for those who grind heavily while awake during the day. Teeth grinding during the day is considered to be more controllable since you are awake and aware of what is going on. However, it can still be dangerous to your health. With the convenient free case that comes with the Ora-GUARD™ you can carry your guard with you in the event that day-grinding is an issue. Even while wearing the grind guard during the day you can still be able to speak normally.
4. Nocturnal teeth grinding is one of the most common sleep disorders.
You many not think of bruxism as a sleep disorder however according to research conducted by the Mayo Clinic people who brux are more likely to have other sleep disorders as well, namely sleep apnea. The grinding of your teeth can potentially close your airway, leading to other possible breathing problems which could ultimately lead to snoring or sleep apnea. One of the many features of the Ora-GUARD™ that doesn’t exist in any other product is the Bite Plate Wedge Design that slides your jaw down and forward, keeping the airway open allowing for natural breathing to occur. It also relaxes the jaw muscles and takes pressure and tension off of the TMJ.
5. When Bruxism is left untreated, the long term effects can lead to nerve damage, cracked teeth and TMJ.
Not only is teeth grinding harmful to your health, it can be extremely costly at the dentist office! Constant grinding will eventually wear down your teeth next to nothing, exposing nerves and deteriorating enamel, leading to teeth sensitivity. Or if you grind too hard, you can crack teeth, remove crowns, or fracture roots. Nocturnal bruxism is an involuntary movement, with a force as much as 250psi, and the results can be scary and painful. The Ora-GUARD™ can help prevent these problems from happening. With both the patented Bite Plate Wedge and soft medical grade fit material the Ora-GUARD™ dental grind guard provides consumers the protection and comfort and more importantly peace of mind with treating their bruxism. You can go to bed knowing you will wake the next day pain free.
Be aware of the signs and symptoms of bruxism, some of which are but not limited to:
- Jaw muscle pain
- Tooth sensitivity
- Shortened teeth
If you wake up with jaw pain or headaches don’t ignore them. As mentioned before you can get ahead of potentially serious problems if you deal with the symptoms head on. It can be as simple as wearing the Ora-GUARD™ dental grind guard to bed. By doing so, you can prevent the severe damage to your teeth and the bill that comes with it.
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