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If you struggle with chronic stress it, it can cause you to grind your teeth while sleeping. This condition which is known as bruxism can affect your mouth in a myriad of ways.

The constant clenching and grinding each night can start to compromise tooth enamel. This can cause chips and dental fractures on the biting surfaces of molars and premolars. Some people will also experience damage to their front teeth.

Once the tooth enamel has been damaged bacterial deposits can gradually start to accumulate. In time the chipped tooth could come to foster a severe cavity.

Fortunately, sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth can help reduce your chances of suffering chipped teeth from bruxism. It is a soft plastic mouthpiece that cushions the biting surfaces of your teeth while also allowing for a slight amount of natural slip. This can help protect your teeth and preserve the health of your temporomandibular joints.

If you find that retail grade dental guards are uncomfortable, you might want to speak with Dr. Daniel Richards about a custom dental guard. This soft plastic mouthpiece that he can custom fit to match the unique shape of your mouth for maximum comfort.

If you live in the Vestavia Hills, Alabama, area and you grind your teeth at night on a regular basis, you should call (205) 823-6300 to schedule a consultation at Daniel Richards, DMD.