Many people are afflicted with clenching and grinding their teeth during sleep or awake time. They may be aware or unaware of doing this act. This is called bruxism. Bruxism may damage enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, or irritate the associated tissues.
In some cases where there are no significant jaw joint or facial muscles symptoms a specially made night guard may be recommended and constructed by a qualified dentist to protect the teeth and/or crowns and bridge during sleep time.
The dentist may recommend other ways of self-care to reduce the effects of the bruxism such as special dietary supplements, certain acts prior to going to sleep and others.
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