How to Make the Holidays Less of a (Teeth) Grind

The day after Halloween it begins... the ads, the music, the shopping, the parties, it’s the holiday blitz, a hectic and busy time for all.  While the season is meant to bring us tidings of comfort and joy, it often causes stress and anxiety which can negatively impact our health in ways we’re not even aware of.  This is especially true with a common condition many people suffer from known as bruxism.

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is a condition that causes a person to subconsciously clench the jaw and grind the teeth. it is quite common and affects over 60 million people in the United States alone. According to dental experts, the number of bruxism and teeth grinding cases continues to rise with more Americans grinding their teeth at night as they sleep.   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. When left untreated, bruxism can result in painful health issues including migraines, TMJ headaches, neck and jaw pains, tinnitus, and earaches as well as a range of other symptoms.

Other symptoms of Bruxism can include:

-- Tooth sensitivity, premature tooth erosion

-- Fractured or broken teeth.

--Facial or jaw pain

--Headaches at the temples

--Earaches

--Abrasions on the inner sides of the cheeks from biting and chewing during bruxism.

While some people will only experience bruxism temporarily during especially stressful or emotional times (like the holiday season), many will experience these conditions more often and may not even be aware of what is causing their discomfort and affecting their quality of life. Eventually the damage caused will be too painful to ignore. Unfortunately, there is no medication currently available to relieve bruxism; the recommended treatment is the use of a dental grind guard.

Conditions caused by  prolonged and repeated bruxism include:

Damaged teeth -- 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 can cause significant damage to the teeth. Extreme tooth sensitivity is the least serious outcome associated with Bruxism. More serious damage includes cracked and damaged teeth which require painful and expensive restorative procedures.

TMJ Pain-- The temporomandibular joints are what allow the neck, jaw and head to function together in a smooth and effective way, severe and repeated teeth clenching  can cause pain and inflammation of the TMJ making  it very difficult to lift the head or open the mouth without feeling extreme discomfort.  

Sleep Disruption – Bruxism is a leading cause of sleep disruption in America today.  Many people won’t even realize that their teeth grinding is the reason for their lack of a good night’s sleep and will turn to over the counter sleep aids and prescriptions drugs for help. More often than not, bruxism can cause sleep disruption to the person who suffers from this condition as well as partners who hear the sound of bruxing which can be equally disruptive. 

Who’s most at Risk for Bruxism?

Bruxism affects men and women, young and old across all races and socio economic levels. However, for reasons not fully understood, women tend to brux more than men.

Stress Levels- Bruxism is a stress related condition and those with higher levels of stress may begin to experience minor conditions as a temporary situation that can develop into more serious conditions.

Certain Substances - prescription medications, tobacco, alcohol and caffeine intake can all increase the likelihood and intensity of Bruxism.

Treatments for Bruxism

Finding natural ways to reduce stress can be a great way to minimize the effects of bruxism, these can include diet modification, exercise, and relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, and acupuncture. Additionally, the use of Ora-GUARD® dental grind guard has quickly proven to be an immediate and effective treatment for bruxism.

 Don’t let the stress and anxiety of the holidays affect your quality of life or sleep. If you think you might be suffering from any of the symptoms of bruxism mentioned about give yourself or someone you know  a gift  this season and try the Ora-GUARD® dental grind guard and find the relief you’re looking for.  Ora-GUARD® dental grind guards are available online and at key retailers throughout North America.

About Ora-GUARD®

Ora-GUARD® is unlike any other dental grind guard on the market today. Ora-GUARD®’s revolutionary, patented design, combines a soft, medical grade fit material to cushion your jaws during clenching, while the patented hard surface wedge design protects teeth from the damaging effects of grinding. The bite plate wedge is specially constructed to slide the lower jaw down and forward, releasing tension on the TMJ muscle, while preventing tooth damage. The Ora-GUARD® Dental Grind Guard can be easily self- fit at home in 60 seconds using a microwave or traditional boil and bite fitting methods.

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.

Order your own Ora-GUARD® today!  Beat Holiday stress!