Dentist Questions Teeth Grinding

I grind my teeth while I sleep. Should I get a mouth guard?

My husband realized the other night that I grind my teeth while I sleep. This seems to be a new thing because I didn't know until now that I did it. Should I get a mouth guard to prevent any damage on my teeth?

16 Answers


Yes, a night guard will help prevent you from grinding your teeth at night. This will help prevent any further damage your teeth.

Thank you for your question.
Many people grind their teeth at night subconsciously. Although many don't notice or believe that they do this, it is a very common thing. I always highly recommend a nightguard to prevent damage to teeth. It is easier to stop a problem from occurring than to fix a problem once it is there (also cheaper too).
Yes. Grinding teeth can cause severe wear on your teeth. You may also experience joint pain in your jaws, and your grinding could also be a sign of something more serious such as sleep apnea.
I would recommend making an appointment with an orthodontist to determine if you need a mouthguard or something more specific. Usually the first consultation is without charge to discuss the issue but you're having with your bike.
Yes. A mouth guard won't necessarily stop the grinding, but it will give you protection.
Grinding is nature's way of milling a better function in our teeth. It actually is a good thing; however when the grinding becomes excessive, you can cause damage to the teeth and surrounding tissues. Often an "occlusal adjustment" will eliminate the places on the teeth which are triggering the grinding. Sometimes, not often, but sometimes an adjustment isn't possible. Those are the people who need night guards.
Yes, it is important to protect your teeth if you happen to grind. Tooth damage caused by grinding can require significant restorative dental treatment. Tooth grinding can also be a symptom of a systemic disease like sleep apnea. If you grind your teeth, it is important to be evaluated by a dental professional who is knowledgeable about sleep disorders. Visit the AADSM website to find a qualified dentist near you.
Grinding of teeth is quite common. We recommend you wear a night guard for a few reasons. The first reason is that it protects the teeth from wearing down. The second reason is it helps take the pressure off your TMJ joint while your sleep. This can help alleviate any future issues. So, yes, we recommend you get a night guard from your dental professional.

Dr. Jensen
Yes, you definitely should, especially if it's to the point your husband noticed.

Owen M. Waldman, DMD
If you are grinding, I would absolutely recommend a custom night guard made by your dentist. You need to be careful with the over-the-counter ones as the occlusion is very important.
Yes, ask your dentist to make a custom mouthguard that will fit your mouth precisely. Store-bought ones sometimes can end up causing issues with your TMJ joint (pain, clicking, etc.).
Good day,

Yes, it is advisable to get a mouth guard.

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Dr. Chun-I Lee
Teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, it often occurs during sleep and is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth. It can also be caused by a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. Best to start with TMJ/dental consultation
Absolutely! Grinding is hard on both your teeth and jaw joint.
You need to get a mouth guard not only to protect your teeth but also to prevent TMJ headaches and joint pain. Dentists custom make them for you and they last longer but to start with and to make sure you can tolerance the guard buy one from the drug store. It will be cheaper and quicker to protect you