Solving Bruxism By Using a New York Night Guard

by | Feb 18, 2014 | Dental care

Bruxism is defined as abnormal and para-functional activity of the masticatory muscles that takes place unconsciously. People with bruxism (which can be both children and adults) hold the teeth in contact for a long period of time, usually with a force that sometimes reaches 60% of the maximum that can be exercised in normal chewing. This causes problems with the teeth, joints and muscles of the mouth. Using a New York Night Guard can help alleviate this problem.

Because bruxism often occurs when you are asleep, there are people who do not realize they have it until they see:

In teeth:

* Abrasions
*  Scuffs at the necks of the teeth.
* Occlusal
* Wear at the occlusal surface (what we use to chew and grind food) flattens.
* Tooth fractures


* They weaken and, over time, inflammation and even tooth mobility presents itself.
Other symptoms may arise, like:
* Headaches and jaw pain, since both masticatory and the head are related. Therefore, it is easy for pain to occur at the temples.
* Neck and back pain.
* Pain or fatigue in the jaw joint.


Placing a New York Night Guard to eliminate this habit is the best course of action. This is a rigid, detachable apparatus designed to prevent the teeth from coming into contact with each other, which reduces wear and grinding. Dentists suggest to use it at night, mainly because it can interfere with sleep. However, you can start by using it several hours during the day, while engaged in some other activity to become accustomed to the guard. It is also advisable to see a dentist in order to have a specialized mouthguard made.

Tips to reduce stress, which can also cause bruxism, include:

* Reduce caffeine and refined carbohydrates such as sweets, pastries and cakes. These will help improve your overall nutrition.
* Consume calcium-rich foods. This mineral is effective in treating involuntary muscle movements.
* Take hot baths.
* Drink a glass of warm milk before bed.
* Try to be optimistic.
* Take several deep breaths when you anticipate a stressful situation. Breathe through your nose and out slowly through your mouth.

For more information, contact your local dentist or Visit – us. They have extensive experience in all phases of dentistry.

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