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Bruxism, or night-time teeth grinding is a fairly common occurrence today. And if you have been experiencing tooth problems due to night-time teeth grinding, you may be wondering why it is happening. The Bruxism Association says that nearly 70% of teeth grinding while you sleep stems from stress or anxiety. Other contributing factors include sleep apnea, smoking, caffeine or alcohol consumption, or taking medications for sleep, depression, and anxiety.

At Olympia Dental Group, the dental practice of Dr. Thinh Ho and our team in Lacey, Washington, offers night guards for our patients dealing with night-time teeth grinding. There is no cure for bruxism but a night guard will protect your teeth and jaw from the damaging effects of teeth grinding. This is important because over time, bruxism can cause the following:

— Your teeth to flatten, fracture, loosen, and possible tooth loss
— Increased tooth sensitivity
— Pain from grinding to the nerve
— Gum recession
— Cause or worsen TMD (temporomandibular disorder) or TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain
— Change the appearance of your face

A custom-made night guard created by your dentist is fitted specifically and comfortably to your bite. Custom made night guards prevent costly repair to your teeth from the damage done by bruxism, which is vital because if bruxism is left untreated, the constant wear and tear on your teeth and jaw can lead to a need for more costly bridges, crowns, root canals, dental implants, partial or complete dentures. Fortunately, dental insurances often cover some or all of the cost of custom night guards.

Are you ready to find relief for your night-time teeth grinding? If so, Dr. Thinh Ho and our team in Lacey, Washington, are happy to help. For more information, or to schedule a visit, please call us at 360-943-4777 today!