What Happens When You’re Not Wearing Your Nightguards? Part 2

If your dentist has recommended you wear a nightguard for your clenching and grinding, that means they have seen signs of damage to your teeth, gums, muscles, or jaws. As part of our commitment to preventive dentistry, it is essential to catch these signs of damage as early as possible and give you the tools to prevent more!

What Kind Of Damage Results From Nighttime Clenching or Grinding? 

  1. Attrition: Attrition is a disorder that develops when clenching or grinding causes the enamel to gradually wear away, resulting in a flattened and shorter tooth or teeth.  People who have gripped their teeth for a long time are prone to attrition.  Heavy attrition usually implies that the enamel has worn away completely, exposing the tooth’s core (dentin).  Attrition is not only bad for your teeth, but it also makes for an unappealing smile.  Unfortunately, shorter, flatter teeth make you appear older.
  2. Headaches & Facial Pain: Many individuals report problems in their head and facial muscles due to excessive clenching and/or grinding while sleeping.  Skeletal muscles, like your biceps, are used to close the teeth together.  They grow in size and may cause soreness if they are overworked.

Why Nightguard Is The Thing For You?

Picture waking up to a headache caused by your teeth alignment. Many of us find comfort in a forward teeth position, often leading to nighttime grinding. Dr. Sbenati, a dentist in London, Ontario, consistently emphasizes the importance of a nightguard as a vital tool to protect teeth and gums. His strong recommendation extends to everyone. If you already have a nightguard, continue its use for optimal smile benefits.

If inquiries arise, don’t hesitate to ask them via the provided [Click here!] or call us at [519-474-0220]. Remember, a small step like wearing a nightguard can significantly improve your dental health, ensuring both comfort and peace of mind. Keep smiling! Taking care of your dental well-being has never been easier or more crucial.

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