Do you wake up with a sore jaw? Do your teeth look dulled? You could be grinding your teeth while you sleep!

Your teeth make your smile shine, but they’re also essential to your oral health. Without your teeth, you’re susceptible to gum disease, socket pain, and so much more. So, the protection of your teeth is just as important as brushing, flossing, and keeping them clean. Using a mouthguard is a simple way to stop bruxism, or grinding your teeth. 

We can fit you for a custom mouthguard or night guard right here at Arlington Dental in Cordova, TN. Call us today at 901-445-8144 for an appointment!

About Teeth Grinding

A common cause of tooth wear and tear comes from grinding your teeth, or bruxism. While you’re sleeping — or even while you’re awake — you could be grinding or clenching your teeth. This could, in turn, leave you susceptible to headaches, a sore jaw, or interrupted sleep. And the root of that problem may just be your teeth.

You deserve to keep your smile, and keeping your teeth in good health is the best way to ensure they’ll be around to shine for the entirety of your life. One of the most effective ways to be proactive about your mouth health is to wear a mouthguard or night guard. You can be fitted for a custom guard right here in our Cordova, TN office! 

Benefits of Preventing Teeth Grinding 

A night guard is a good step toward your complete oral health. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Protection – A night guard will support your teeth by providing cushioning, while also preventing unconscious clenching. Bruxism also leads to enamel breakdown, leaving your teeth exposed to sensitivity, pain, and damage. With regular use, a night guard will help keep your teeth protected and strong!
  • Prevention – Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) connect your lower jaw to your skull. With continued teeth clenching, your TMJs feel that applied pressure, which can lead to misalignment. The dysfunction that comes with misalignment can include pain, difficulty chewing, and headaches. When you use a night guard, you’re not only protecting your teeth, you’re also preventing TMJ disorder. 
  • Cost-Effective – While a custom night guard is more expensive than a store-bought one, it saves you thousands of dollars in dental expenses in the future! Restorative dental work might be necessary if you’ve spent years with untreated bruxism. Over time, pain and sensitivity can be joined with destroyed enamel, jaw disorders, chronic headaches, and other permanent damage. 
  • Comfort – If you’re looking for a happier, healthier mouth and uninterrupted sleep after months of dealing with pain, a night guard will bring you some comfort and relief. 

Our team at Arlington Dental is here to help! Talk to us today at 901-445-8144 about scheduling an appointment in Cordova, TN for your own custom mouthguard.