Mouth Guards


Dr. Macks strongly believes in night guards to take the pressure off your teeth when you sleep. It also helps reduce headaches associated with teeth grinding. Custom-fitted night mouth guards are a vital part of the process. Due to the use of the special material, extra time and work involved, these tend to be a bit more expensive, but they provide much more comfort and protection over the long haul. By not protecting your teeth from grinding at night, a few different dental problems can arise. Sore jaw, constant headaches and in some cases, tooth loss can all be a consequence of teeth grinding. Call us today to learn more about mouth guards.

Steps to stop teeth grinding:

  • Reduce the stress in your life.
  • Avoid alcohol. Grinding usually intensifies after alcohol consumption.
  • Do not chew on pencils, pens or anything that isn’t food.
  • Relax your jaw muscles at night by holding a warm washcloth against your cheek or in front of your earlobe.
  • Ask Dr. Macks his opinion on night guards and how one could help you stop the grinding at night.

Please call Dr. Alan Macks’ friendly office staff with any questions. They can walk you through any insurance or private pay questions.

How to Stop Clenching Your Teeth at Night

June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, and we want to take this opportunity to raise awareness about teeth grinding. Why in the world is your dentist talking about teeth grinding to raise awareness about chronic headaches? Grinding your teeth can lead to migraines and chronic headaches along with other uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Sensitive teeth
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw
  • Broken and cracked teeth
  • Teeth wearing down
  • Jaw soreness

Are these symptoms sounding familiar? You may be grinding your teeth at night, known as bruxism, and you may not even realize it! This is a fairly common disorder, and there are solutions to relieve your headaches and other symptoms.

Consult your dentist for a customized nightguard

While customized nightguards cannot stop teeth grinding, they can protect your teeth from the nightly grind. Why see your dentist for a nightguard? Unlike over-the-counter guards, nightguards are custom-made by your dentist of high-quality materials and fit snuggly around your smile for comfort.

10% of adults and 15% of children grind their teeth at night.

Correct misaligned teeth

Are your teeth out of alignment? Do you wish you had a straighter smile?

You can have a beautiful smile AND possibly stop bruxism by seeing your dentist about cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Bruxism is often a sign your bite and teeth are out of alignment, and correcting it may help. Did we mention you will also gain a beautifully improved smile? You can think of it as killing two birds with one stone, walking out of our office out of pain AND with a new smile.

Some dental treatments could include:

  • Orthodontics (traditional braces or Invisalign)
  • Porcelain crowns
  • Porcelain veneers
  • And other services

Avoid caffeine and alcohol

If you have caffeine and alcohol in the evening, it will affect your quality of sleep. In turn, you’re more likely to clench and grind your teeth at night. Be sure you completely avoid these beverages after dinner:

  • Soda
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Beer/wine/hard liquor

Reduce stress

According to The Bruxism Association, nearly 70% of bruxism cases are caused because of stress and anxiety. If you can limit your stress, you have a good chance of reducing teeth grinding. Some activities to help relieve your stress could include:

  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Getting a massage
  • Have a relaxing bath before going to bed
  • Breathing deeply

Stop the nightly grind

If you’re seeing the signs of teeth grinding (including chronic headaches or migraines), contact our Tacoma dental office to get you in for a nightguard consultation. It could be the solution to a great night’s sleep – free from pain!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Re-posted with permission.

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Cindy McKitrick

5 out of 5 stars

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Absolutely the best team of dental experts around. I have been a patient of Dr. Macks since the late 1980s. I grind my teeth and have broken several, necessitating four implants. There can be a lot stress involved in such a dental history, but these folks make me feel right at home and well cared for no matter what issue I present. I'll never go anywhere else. I'm a life timer.

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Wow! I had 10 root canals & lots of dental trauma before I gave up & got dentures... I only wore them when I had to, as despite many adjustments, they never fit, and made my mouth's roof & gums terribly sore, for years... Then a friend told me to see Dr.Machs. His education, background, & range of experience are stunning (I don't stun, as a rule...). As an RN, I didn't believe this Ievel of thorough evaluation, information, & genuine care was possible in this life. I can't recommend him and the staff highly enough.

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