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Chronic stress can affect your body in a myriad of ways. Beyond the potential impact to psychological and physiological health, it can also cause you to grind your teeth when you sleep. This condition, which is also known as bruxism can gradually have a profound effect on the health and function of your mouth.

The unnatural tension applied to the biting surfaces of your teeth can cause chips and dental fractures as well as increase your chances of suffering dental attrition complications. Once this occurs the compromised tooth enamel can cause heightened sensitivity in the tooth and could even come to foster a severe cavity.

As time goes on the muscular tension and latent inflammation in the temporomandibular joints can cause symptoms of TMJ disorder. Over time this can have a significant impact on your oral function and quality of life.

One way to prevent these problems is to sleep at night with a dental guard in your mouth. It is a soft plastic mouthpiece that cushions the biting surfaces of your teeth. At the same time, it also allows a slight amount of slip. This can help protect your teeth and preserve the health of your temporomandibular joints.

If the dental guards sold in stores feel loose or uncomfortable, you might want to consult with Dr. Brett M. Barney and the orthodontic specialists at Desert Dental Group to ask about a custom dental guard. This is a soft plastic mouthpiece that he can custom fit to match the unique shape of your mouth for maximum comfort.

If you live in the Tucson, Arizona, area and you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis, you should call (520) 663.0419 to set up a dental guard consult at Desert Dental Group.