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You may have heard of bruxism, which is a more scientific name for teeth grinding. We have all done a little bit of teeth grinding, but rarely for very long. Some people do, however, develop this habit, and sometimes it happens during sleep, which is called nocturnal bruxism.

How does nocturnal bruxism develop? It could be a nervous habit brought on by stress, and this is often the case. Other things like missing teeth, crooked teeth or misaligned bites can also bring bruxism about.

So how do you know? Well, you may feel some stiffness or soreness in your jaw when you wake up, and it happens regularly. Your teeth may feel sensitive or feel some discomfort. One big sign is if you notice that your teeth are starting to wear down, looking flatter and smaller than before.

The dentist can help you if you have any of these symptoms. You are better off if you treat bruxism quickly, because if it goes on too long, you can wear enamel off and cause fractures in your teeth.

For those who struggle with nocturnal bruxism, we provide some mouth guards, which are more specifically known as night guards. Night guards keep your teeth from getting near each other, thus preventing bruxism and stopping the discomfort it brings. The guards we offer are custom-made, so they can be made to provide added comfort for you specifically.

If you experience any such symptoms and would like to try a night guard, you can visit us at Arizona Dental in Phoenix, Arizona. Our dentist, Dr. Joe Gerard will see to what you need. To set up a visit, go ahead and call 602-910-3860.