If better health is a New Year’s Resolution then here’s a way to put your money where your mouth is (literally).

It’s that time of year when you start thinking about and making your New Year’s resolutions. For most, resolutions may include such activities like using the elliptical machine to start exercising again, giving up smoking for good this time, or buying five pounds of kale and a lemon to begin the latest diet craze.  You do these things because you want to look and feel better, and achieve the benefits of improving and maintaining good health in the New Year ahead, with the end goals of:

  • Less stress
  • Fewer aches and pains
  • Better sleep
  • More energy

So with the New Year brings new behavior, but despite your best efforts, you may still find yourself waking up feeling poorly rested, with a nagging headache that simply will not go away, as well as a low energy level. You experience little or no benefits from your new and improved healthy lifestyle so you may get discouraged and quit.  

But you should not completely blame your failure on a lack of willpower or determination.  It could be you may not be aware of the root cause (no pun intended) of your distress in the first place -- your teeth, and a little known and often misunderstood condition called bruxism.  The symptoms for bruxism are quite broad, and it can potentially result in a variety of medical and dental issues, negatively impacting one’s health in ways you may not be aware of. 

Did you know that bruxism is a growing oral health condition that is currently estimated to affect more than 70 million Americans?  As you can imagine, bruxism has the potential to create a negative impact on your overall quality of life.  Unfortunately, most bruxism sufferers are not even aware that their teeth or jaw clenching is causing painful symptoms such as migraine headaches, TMJ headaches, neck pain, jaw pain, earaches, sleep disruption, as well as a range of other dental and medical issues.

Have you ever considered for a moment that that taking some simple steps to address your oral health could be an easy, effective way to help address areas to improve your overall health? Many people won’t even realize, for example, that their teeth grinding is the reason for their lack of a good night’s sleep.  The truth is that there may be an underlying cause in your mouth that is at fault.

Bruxism is defined as the excessive grinding or clenching of teeth, usually done unconsciously and more often than not occurs while sleeping.  Bruxism is a disorder that does not discriminate, as it affects both women and men, young and old, and across all races and socio-economic levels.

While it is unclear what causes bruxism, the most common trigger appears to be stress. Bruxing, according to research, is a subconscious attempt by the body to decrease stress levels. Bruxism is primarily characterized by an excessive amount of force exerted on the teeth throughout the day and night. The jaw is capable of exerting over 250 pounds of force and this tooth-on-tooth pressure can cause significant damage to the teeth. While some people will only experience bruxism temporarily during especially stressful times, many will experience these conditions more often and the damage caused will be too painful to ignore.

Primary symptoms of Bruxism vary widely, and some examples of symptoms may include:

  • Headaches (migraine, sinus, or forehead pain)
  • Tooth sensitivity, or soreness of back teeth.
  • Jaw problems (pain in cheek muscles, clicking or popping jaw joints)
  • Neck pain (tired, sore neck muscles, stiffness; shoulder aches and backaches)
  • Ear pain (or ear ache, no infection, vertigo, dizziness, or ringing in the ears)
  • Eye pain (pain behind the eyes, or sensitivity to sunlight

That’s not all; over 90% of people with a primary symptom of bruxism also tend to suffer from secondary symptoms, such as:

  • Sleep disruption
  • Headaches
  • Tooth wear and sensitivity
  • Neck pain
  • Facial pain

You may not even realize you have bruxism, and suffer needlessly because you never make the connection between your stress, your teeth, and your pain.

Unfortunately, there is currently no medication that can treat it.  The recommended protocol is the use of a dental grind guard.  By wearing a dental grind guard, it can help alleviate the painful symptoms so commonly associated with bruxism, and help prevent any further tooth damage.

Ora-GUARD® is a different type of dental grind guard.  What sets it apart is its patented design—it starts by combining a soft, medical grade fit material for absorbing jaw clenching tension plus a hard surface bite plate wedge design.  This bite plate wedge design allows your teeth and jaws to slide naturally forward, protecting your teeth from the damaging effects of grinding and clenching, while at the same time releases tension on the TMJ muscle.  The new, patented Ora-GUARD® dental grind guard is designed as an effective and immediate over-the-counter treatment to minimize the tooth damage and pain associated with the symptoms of bruxism.

So if feeling better is one of your New Year’s Resolutions, before you begin your juice cleanse, you may want to check out the Ora- Guard® dental grind guard and find the relief you have been looking for™!

The Ora GUARD® dental grind guard was developed by Bite Tech, an innovation-driven oral health products company that manufactures and sells oral products to the dental channel and athletic mouthguards to sporting goods and mass retailers.

Bite Tech Inc. holds more than 45 patents and pending patents for its innovative, proprietary designs and technologies. Bruxism sufferers look to Bite Tech dental grind guards Ora-GUARD® for relief from teeth grinding and jaw pain while athletes in virtually all sports rely on athletic mouthguards manufactured by Bite Tech for protection and performance improvement on and off the field.