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Sometimes allergies and chronic stress can cause you to grind your teeth or clench your jaw when you sleep. If this happens on a frequent basis the tension and other complications can affect the biting surfaces of your teeth and the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw.

At first the excessive tension applied to the biting surfaces of teeth to cause a chip or dental fracture. As time goes by residual food particles and bacterial plaque can start to buildup in the damaged tooth enamel. This could potentially cause a severe cavity to form deep inside the already distressed tooth.

Over time the constant muscular tension and potential inflammation in the temporomandibular joints, could cause the pain and discomfort of TMJ disorder. If you find yourself grinding your teeth at night on a frequent basis, you should strongly consider sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth. This is a simple removable mouthpiece that is made from a special dental material.

When it’s in your mouth the dental guard will cushion your teeth, while also allowing a mild amount of slip. This can protect your tooth enamel from fracture while also reducing muscular tension in the temporomandibular joints. If you live in the Mechanicsville, Virginia, area and you have a question about dental guards, you should call 804-569-0530 to speak to Dr. Jay P. Boyle or a member of the staff at Boyle Dentistry.