Jan 30, 2023
The Negative Effects of Night Time Teeth Grinding
Nighttime teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common issue that affects many people. While it may seem like a harmless habit, it can actually have serious negative effects on your oral and overall health. In this blog post, we'll explore the causes and consequences of bruxism and how you can address this problem. What Causes Nighttime Teeth Grinding? The exact cause of bruxism is still unknown, but several...
Jan 17, 2023
How does Melatonin Affect Teeth Grinding
Melatonin is a hormone that is naturally produced by the body and is responsible for regulating sleep patterns. It is often used as a supplement to help individuals who have trouble sleeping and has been shown to be effective in reducing the symptoms of insomnia. The body typically produces enough melatonin for sleep, but there are ways to enhance natural production or try a supplement for temporary insomnia, jet lag...
Dec 13, 2022
How should I treat my TMJ?
The temporomandibular joints or TMJs are located on each side of your jaw. They connect your jaw to your skull and allow your jawbone to move smoothly as your mouth opens and closes. When one or both of these joints are injured, strained, inflamed, or otherwise dysfunctional, a painful condition known as TMJ syndrome or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can develop. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you...
Nov 29, 2022
Alcohol And Teeth Grinding – Is There a Connection?
Alcohol can make some of the biggest life celebrations more fun and exciting. You may enjoy dropping in for happy hour drinks once or twice a week with friends. Perhaps alcohol plays an even bigger role in your life as a tool for relaxation at the end of a long day. Regardless of how often you enjoy that glass of wine or a good margarita, it’s important to keep the...
Nov 08, 2022
Sports Mouth guards: why you should wear one
Mouth guards are an essential piece of athletic gear, yet many people don’t know why they need one or how to choose the right one. Playing sports requires mouth guards to protect your mouth from many types of injuries. If you’re not already wearing a mouth guard, now is the time to start. Don't take our word for it; read on to find out why you should be wearing one....
Oct 24, 2022
The Top 10 Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Who doesn’t like pearly white teeth? Imagine the confidence from smiling because of a perfect white set of teeth! A Confident Smile White teeth boost self-esteem and the effects are immediate. The higher level of confidence to smile comes from the fact that you no longer have to worry about how yellow or brown your teeth look when you smile. Good Oral Health and Hygiene Teeth whitening removes dental plaque...
Oct 17, 2022
Why Does My TMJ Hurt?
Tooth and jaw pain of any kind can cause all kinds of discomfort, up to and including sleep loss and a loss of appetite. In cases in which you are experiencing TMJ pain, this can be especially uncomfortable for both neck pain and jaw soreness. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint disorder, and it often manifests in the jaw joint as a dull ache with occasional sharp shooting pains that lingers...
Oct 06, 2022
TMJ Splint Vs Night Guard
You may have come across an individual who wears a mouthguard to bed. You were shocked. Right? Well, that was not a mouth guard; chances are that it was either a TMJ splint or night guard. TMJ splint and night guard are usually changed interchangeably but are two different dental devices. The night guard is more common and is what you probably thought was a mouth guard. On the other...
Sep 19, 2022
Water Flossing and Orthodontics
For your oral hygiene, you may have already thought about getting a water flosser. For people with malocclusion teeth, an Orthodontic will recommend braces. And a water flosser is now the only thing that can truly clean braces, especially when food particles get stuck. Although it doesn't take much less time to use water flossing, they are simpler, won't harm your gums, and won't result in bleeding. The longer plaque...
Sep 08, 2022
How to Take a Mouth Guard Impression
Mouth guards are an effective tool for treating a variety of dental issues. A good mouth guard can help prevent persistent pain and tooth damage that will continue to get worse if left untreated. The quality of a mouth guard largely depends on the accuracy of the impression you get, so follow the instructions closely for an effective dental tool. Types of Mouth Guards Mouth guards on the market fall...
Aug 31, 2022
Why Do I Have Lock Jaw, and What Should I Do to Fix It?
Lock jaw, also called trismus, is a condition that affects the way you open and close your mouth. The symptoms of lock jaw can range from mild to severe and can make it difficult to eat, drink, or even talk. There are many possible causes of lockjaw, and treatments vary depending on the cause. Lock jaw is a condition caused by a misalignment of the jaw or by a problem...
Aug 24, 2022
Night Guard Material: What is in a night guard?
All of us take our healthcare seriously. The value of our lives is so often dictated by our well-being that it’s of vital importance that every care is taken to protect our health now and in the future. The choices we make today can have lasting impacts on us. This is especially true of the substances our dentists use when they manufacture our mouth guards. There can be many reasons...
Aug 17, 2022
Water flosser: What is it? How do I use it?
What is a Water flosser? Flossing is important to maintain good oral hygiene, string flossing while effective can be an awkward and difficult task. If you are looking for an easy and effective means of flossing, then a water flosser might be right for you. The water flosser uses the movement of water (hydrokinetics) to loosen and remove plaque and bacteria whilst gently cleansing the gumline. A water flosser is...
Aug 11, 2022
Boil and Bite Mouth Guards: What You Need To Know
Mouth guards are oral implements that fit around your teeth and are specially designed to protect your teeth and mouth. Three main types of mouth guards promote oral health and protection: Custom-made Mouth Guards, Stock Mouth Guards, and Boil and Bite Mouth Guards. Let’s briefly describe each and then focus on the boil and bite type of mouth guard. Custom-made mouth guards are made from models of your teeth and specially...
Aug 08, 2022
How Does Teeth Grinding Affect The Senior Community?
As we age, our bodies go through many changes. Some of these changes can lead to new or worsening health conditions. One such condition is bruxism, which is the medical term for teeth grinding. In this article, we'll explain bruxism in detail as well as its unique impact on the elderly population. Bruxism Defined: Bruxism is a problem in which people clench or grind their teeth involuntarily. The word “bruxism”...
Aug 04, 2022
Does My Sleeping Position Cause Teeth Grinding?
While your sleep position isn’t likely to cause teeth grinding on its own, it can contribute to grinding at night. Some positions hold your spine out of alignment and increase your risk of teeth grinding or clenching. Grinding and clenching can contribute to poor TMJ health or the development of TMD over time. If you have bruxism or are concerned that nighttime teeth grinding is interfering with your quality of...
Jul 27, 2022
How Does Grinding Affect Our Teeth?
Everything that you do with your mouth can have a serious impact on your oral health. Bruxism—otherwise known as teeth grinding—is one of the most common tooth-compromising habits. Take a moment to learn what this condition is, what causes it, and how you can stop it from stressing your teeth and potentially leading to pain. What is Bruxism? Bruxism is the official term for unconscious teeth grinding. It occurs when you...
Jul 25, 2022
DIY Night Guards
Around 8% of Americans suffer from bruxism, or excessive teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Considered to be a sleep-related movement disorder, this condition can affect both children and adults. A night guard can provide much-needed relief, fitting over your teeth and gums to protect them from damaging pressure. While your dentist can create a custom-fitted one in the office, you can also make one at home. Today, we’re taking a...
Jul 21, 2022
It is important to brush your teeth properly to maintain a good oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth removes bacteria from your teeth and gums and gets rid of the plaque – a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If plaque is not removed, it can harden and turn into yellow or brown deposit known as tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist. Bacteria...
Jul 20, 2022
Teeth Whitening: Fact or Fiction?
Imagine this: you see a photo of yourself smiling and having a great time with friends, but all you can think is “I wish my teeth weren't so yellow.” Sound familiar? Everybody’s wished for whiter teeth at times. After all, pharmacy shelves are stocked with teeth-whitening products like special toothpaste and whitening strips, but do these products really work? Is it even possible to whiten your teeth after discoloration has...
Jul 13, 2022
How to Train My Jaw to Stop Grinding
Do you ever find yourself grinding your teeth during stressful moments? Perhaps a loved one has told you that you grind your teeth while asleep? You’re not alone. According to the Sleep Foundation, around 8% of middle-aged adults experience night-time teeth grinding (also known as bruxism), while up to 50% of children are affected. As well as creating an irritating – even unsettling – noise, bruxism can damage your teeth....
Jul 06, 2022
Is Water Flossing the Perfect Tool for Better Oral Health?
Healthy teeth help you chew and enjoy food, make you feel more confident when you talk to people and smile, and promote good overall wellbeing. The key to keeping your teeth healthy is good oral hygiene, and more and more dentists and oral healthcare specialists are now recommending a water flosser as part of that daily routine. You probably know that you're supposed to brush and floss daily, but you...
Jun 27, 2022
Snoring And Teeth Grinding
Approximately 45 percent of adults snore on occasion, and 25 percent snore regularly. Furthermore, approximately 10 percent of people grind their teeth or clench their jaws (also known as bruxism) while they sleep. Did you know that there’s a link between snoring and teeth grinding? Everything you need to know about this connection is explained below. Signs You Snore or Grind Your Teeth Because snoring and teeth grinding happen while...
Jun 20, 2022
How To Reverse Tooth Decay
Your teeth are one of the most vital organs in your body. When they are healthy, they can withstand an astounding amount of pressure. They can also perform many functions like processing food and forming a beautiful smile. Failure to take care of your teeth can result in different problems. One of them being tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs when the teeth are attacked by bacteria that feed on food...
Jun 13, 2022
The Best Supplements for a Restful Sleep
More than one-third of adults (35.2 percent) report sleeping less than 7 hours per night. Are you part of this group? Are you looking for some natural tools that can help you enjoy better rest? If so, keep reading to learn about 5 of the most effective sleep supplements, as well as other beneficial tools. Supplement 1: Melatonin Melatonin is a hormone. The brain produces it in response to darkness...
Jun 07, 2022
My Night Guard Is Yellow. Now What?
My mouth guard turned yellow, is that a bad thing? This is a classic question among those wearing this removable oral device. It’s normal to be worried after noticing a drastic change in your dental appliance. Particularly if it’s turning yellow or has noticeable discoloration. A mouth guard or night guard is a practical device, capable of creating a barrier between the lower and upper teeth. Its primary goal is...
May 31, 2022
How to Relax Your Jaw When Sleeping
Waking up with a headache, an aching neck or a sense of tension and discomfort in the mouth rarely sets anyone up for a positive day ahead. A leading cause of issues such as this is teeth grinding or clenching the jaw overnight. Some people tense up their jaws due to concentration, anxiety, stress, or even force of habit. However, what can be even worse is when the jaw is...
May 24, 2022
Can Night Guards Straighten Teeth?
Bruxism is a condition that involves grinding your teeth, especially during the night. While it is not just discomfort, it is a significant concern for your oral health. Teeth clenching is more manageable during the day, but those having this condition at night do not always have a way out. The difference between bruxism at night and during the day is that one is unaware of these happenings during the...
May 18, 2022
A simple routine for cleaning your night guard properly
Your mouth guard works to lessen the effects of teeth grinding or teeth clenching while you sleep. Just as you would care for your teeth to keep them clean, you should follow a good routine to keep your night guard clean too. Because you wear your mouth guard through the night, the bacteria in your mouth transfers to your night guard. The good news is, caring for and cleaning your...
May 16, 2022
Teeth Grinding Tips: These Are the Best and Worst Drinks to Have Before Sleep
Teeth grinding may be your response to stress and anxiety or could be an indication of a sleep disorder like sleep apnea. Changing your nighttime routine can make a difference to the quality of sleep you get. Common tips to help you stop teeth grinding at night and waking up with sleep jaw include the cutting back of certain beverages. Replace them with sleep-enhancing drinks right before bedtime for a...
May 09, 2022
TMJ After Braces
In a perfect world, your teeth-related woes would end once you got your braces off. While your braces may help guide your bite into perfect alignment, getting the hardware removed can sometimes lead to other issues. One of the more prevalent issues in individuals who recently got their braces off is a temporomandibular joint disorder (often called TMD or TMJ). There’s no definitive evidence that braces cause TMD, but it’s...
May 02, 2022
Can Bruxism and TMD go away naturally?
If you’re dealing with pain caused by bruxism (teeth grinding) or a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD), you might think that the best course of action is just to stick it out. Maybe you’ve been feeling extra stressed lately, and you chalk up the pain to a side effect. It’s no big deal; nothing a bit of ibuprofen can’t help, right? While the pain associated with bruxism and TMD...
Apr 26, 2022
Bad Breath and Oral Health
How Do I Know If I Have Bad Breath? If you’ve already been living that mask-free life, you may have already noticed some subtle cues. People stepping away from you when you start talking, turning their cheek farther than needed when you kiss them goodbye. Although, that may just be the pandemic talking. You can ask the brutally honest one in your friend group or your significant other. Or you...
Dec 22, 2021
The Secret to a Healthy Smile
This probably won’t come as a massive shock to you, but the secret to a healthy smile is all about your oral hygiene routine. Think about it. When it comes to skincare, you have a cleanser and cream for just about everything. In fact, some K-beauty brands even recommend a 12-step skincare regime. So why are we taking such intricate care of our skin but assuming that brushing will get...
Dec 20, 2021
Can Meditation Help Prevent Teeth Grinding?
When you’re stressed out, your entire body suffers. While you may be aware that you carry tension in your shoulders, it’s possible that you may also be holding tension in your jaw and grinding your teeth. Teeth grinding can lead to headaches, jaw pain, and other nasty side effects. But meditation offers a potential way to alleviate some of these side effects while improving your overall mental health. Why Do...
Dec 15, 2021
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
No one wants to have pearly yellows. If your teeth are less than bright and shiny, you may be considering a teeth whitening treatment. But many whitening solutions are expensive, and you’re probably wondering if the investment is worth it in the long term. We’ll break down the costs and long-term effects of at-home and professional teeth whitening options, so you can make the best decision to reduce the surface...
Dec 10, 2021
Is COVID Why My Jaw Hurts?
Unfortunately, we’re not quite out of the pandemic woods yet. Whether you’ve chosen to get vaccinated or not, whenever you don’t feel 100% yourself, your brain jumps to “What if it’s COVID?” Maybe your jaw started hurting, and you have some ear pain, and you’re tired all the time, and now you’ve convinced yourself that you caught the coronavirus. With updated information only coming out as quickly as scientists can...
Dec 06, 2021
Sinuses and Teeth Grinding
Your sinuses and your teeth are next-door neighbors, so it shouldn’t be surprising that problems in one area can lead to problems in the others. Sometimes when you get a sinus infection, your teeth hurt, and if you grind your teeth, you might give yourself a sinus headache. Let’s explore how your sinuses and teeth are connected and how you can relieve pain in both. How Are Our Sinuses and...
Nov 30, 2021
Antidepressants and Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can lead to tooth wear, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ or TMD), and sleep disorders. Since teeth grinding is best friends with jaw clenching, many also experience facial pain, sore jaw muscles, headaches, and a clicking or locking jaw. While bruxism is extremely common in adults, it’s often a side effect or result of another issue. Teeth grinding may be caused by a combination of...
Nov 18, 2021
Do I Have TMD (Also Mistakenly known as TMJ)?
If your jaw hurts every time you have a snack, you’re probably feeling annoyed and want to know what’s going on. Your lower jaw is connected to the rest of your skull by two itty bitty joints that live by your ears on each side of your face. These joints, known as your temporomandibular joints, are tiny but mighty because they give your jaw the range of motion they need...
Nov 07, 2021
What Can You Do About Sensitive Teeth?
Caring For Your Tooth Enamel Healthy teeth have a hard, protective layer that shields your teeth from irritants. But without proper oral care, the enamel on your teeth can wear down. When you don’t have enamel to protect your teeth, you expose their nerve endings. One of the reasons your teeth may be sensitive is because your enamel has worn away. Enamel can regenerate, but you have to allow it...
Nov 02, 2021
Is Smoking Affecting My Teeth?
Smoking is bad for so many reasons, and on the laundry list of things that smoking affects is your teeth. We understand that quitting is extremely hard, which is why we’ve attached some tips at the end of this article to help you stop smoking for good. How Does Smoking Affect Teeth? Smoking cigarettes directly exposes your teeth to tobacco and nicotine, two things that lead to stained teeth and...
Oct 26, 2021
Is Teeth Grinding Causing Me Pain?
Is Teeth Grinding Causing Me Pain? If you’re experiencing jaw pain, earaches, headaches, neck pain, facial pain, tooth sensitivity, or facial soreness, you’re probably wondering what’s going on. There’s a pretty good chance that the source of your problems is bruxism. Bruxism is the fancy word for teeth grinding, and most people don’t even realize they’re doing it because it happens when they’re sleeping. Sometimes bruxism results from stress, a...
Sep 16, 2021
What to do about Chipped Teeth
A chipped or cracked tooth can make you feel extremely self-conscious about your smile, and you deserve to show off those pearly whites. Today, we’ll cover how to prevent and treat fractured teeth so you can constantly smile confidently. What Can Cause Teeth to Chip? There are a variety of reasons that teeth can crack, including: Constant pressure from teeth grinding Large fillings that weaken the tooth’s integrity Chewing or...
Jul 30, 2021
10 Habits to Ease Nighttime Anxiety
Okay, we’re a custom mouthguard company. Why are we talking about anxiety? Nearly 20% of adults suffer from anxiety, and anyone with anxiety knows that it sometimes gets that much worse before bed. Battling mental health is no easy feat, and we at Cheeky are here to help you feel the best you can. Nighttime anxiety can lead to sleep Bruxism (teeth grinding) without you realizing it. And in worst-case...
Jul 12, 2021
The Best and Worst Foods to Eat Before Sleep
It’s midnight, and the only illumination in the kitchen radiates from the fridge as you stare in, wondering what to grab. We’ve all been at the point where we’re simultaneously hungry and tired, and it feels like there’s no way you’ll be able to sleep unless you have a snack. A major trend in the diet world has been to stop eating after a specific time every night to promote...
Jul 01, 2021
Can Our Diet Affect Our Bruxism?
Teeth grinding is often a secondary symptom of anxiety, sleep disorders, Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD), or stress. Sometimes, it’s a combination of more than one of those things. Most people who experience bruxism find that their symptoms are the worst when sleeping, so they use a nightguard to protect their teeth. But what if there was a way to reduce teeth grinding in the daytime as well? Multiple studies have...
Jun 14, 2021
How to Fall Asleep with Anxiety
When you struggle with anxiety, trying to fall asleep at night can turn into reliving your past mistakes or attempting to plan for the future. Either way, your brain keeps you up at night instead of allowing you to get the rest you need. Adults need at least 6-8 hours of sleep each night, and the quantity and quality of your sleep directly impact your mental health. We’ve already talked...
Jun 02, 2021
Dental night guard insurance codes
What Are the Night Guard Dental Insurance Codes When you're shopping for a new custom night guard, it's natural to turn to your dental insurance provider for help to cover the cost. In 2019, the ADA altered its Current Dental Terminology (CDT) Code to offer three codes for various dental mouth guards associated with Bruxism and TMJ. The ADA states that the "purpose of the CDT Code is to achieve uniformity, consistency, and specificity...
May 26, 2021
How Does Sleep Affect Our Health?
The truth is: you actually do need your beauty sleep. The goal of a good night’s sleep is to recharge our batteries and give our body time to heal itself. We’ve all been at the point where we haven’t slept enough and our brain feels like a puddle the next day. Sleep can affect multiple aspects of our daily routine and our overall health, so it’s important to establish a...