As festive and joyful as the holidays are, we can probably all agree that sometimes, with the holidays comes just a bit of added stress. Shopping, working, cooking, cleaning, extended family in town visiting…we have more on our proverbial plates during the holidays than at most other times of the year. It’s no wonder some of us find ourselves grinding our teeth during the festive season!
This type of stress can cause a person to grind their teeth whilst they sleep, what dentists refer to as ‘Nocturnal Bruxism.’ Grinding your teeth can cause the teeth to become flattened, chipped or cracked. Fillings can be damaged, jaw problems may develop and headaches and neck stiffness may occur.
If you think you may be grinding your teeth during your sleep, it is best to pay your dentist a quick visit just to make sure. If you are grinding, your dentist can provide you with a custom-fit nightguard that will protect your teeth should you continue to grind them during sleep.