Sleep disruption, headaches, facial pain, vertigo, hearing problems, laryngitis – sounds like the aftermath of a college spring break trip but it’s actually some of the painful symptoms that could be caused by your teeth -- more specifically the grinding and clenching of your teeth, known in medical terms as bruxism. This is a fairly common yet somewhat mysterious condition that effects nearly 70 million adults in the US alone.
Bruxism occurs most often and most vigorously during sleep so you may not even realize you’re grinding your teeth unless you have a partner or roommate who actually hears it and alerts you to the problem or you wake up with telltale symptoms. When left untreated, bruxism can have far reaching effects on your overall health and wellbeing which is why it is so important to recognize the obvious and not so obvious symptoms and treat accordingly in order to prevent any permanent damage.
Primary Symptoms may Include:
- 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, , vertigo, dizziness, or ringing in the ears)
- Eye pain (pain behind the eyes, or sensitivity to sunlight
Secondary Symptoms may Include:
- Sleep disruption
- Facial pain
How Bruxism Impacts Everyday Life
As mentioned, teeth grinding can result in headaches and a sore jaw. These two conditions alone can impinge on routine activities. A sore jaw, for instance, makes it difficult to eat and drink properly. The worst case is that you might not be even able to open your mouth, it may even hurt to yawn!
Another possible complication of bruxism is temporomandibular joint disorder, which causes facial, joint, and muscle pain. The discomfort may get so intense that you don’t feel well enough to accomplish everyday tasks like household chores or exercise.
Other than physical pain, you might also develop fractured or loose teeth. Excessive grinding also removes enamel from the teeth, not only turning them yellowish in color but making them more susceptible to bacteria and further damage.
Is There a Way to Stop Teeth Grinding?
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 human body to decrease stress levels.
The good news is that you do not have to be a teeth grinder for life. Dental experts agree wearing a well-fitted dental grind guard when you sleep is an effective way to minimize the damage done as a result of bruxism. A dental grind guard prevents the upper and lower teeth from coming into contact with each other, providing a barrier from the tooth enamel rubbing together, preventing the negative consequences of bruxism. These types of products are removable and generally worn only when needed (i.e., at night or while sleeping).
Ora-GUARD®, the latest innovation in dental grind guards.
While there are many dental grind guards currently on the market, Ora-GUARD® is a new dental grind unlike any other available with unique features that help prevent the negative consequences of bruxism.
Why is it Better?
With the Ora-GUARD® dental grind guard, an easy, individualized custom-like fit is achieved at home with a simple 60 second microwave or a boil and bite fitting process.
Stays Secure While Worn
Dealing with a dental grind guard that does not stay securely in place while wearing is not only uncomfortable but potentially unsafe. Some products, due to their design, may not stay in place and you may wake up the next morning with it on your pillow. Ora-GUARD’s revolutionary lower jaw design with flexible labial strap and molar gripping “T” bars, combined with the medical grade, soft fit material, fits securely in the mouth for maximum effectiveness.
FDA cleared, Ora-GUARD® is small enough to fit comfortably on your lower teeth. The smaller size offers a comfortable “fit-tight” design, with no bulk. This allows you to easily talk and breathe while wearing the Ora-GUARD®, day or night. Less bulk means a more comfortable product when worn as indicated.
Unique Patented Design
What really sets Ora-GUARD ® apart from other dental grind guards 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 releasing tension on the TMJ muscle.
Developed by Bite Tech, an Innovator in Oral Care Products.
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.