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All Things Teeth Grinding

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Why do I have Bad Breath?

It’s almost summertime, and we’re very close to being able to take our face masks off for good. But thanks to those face masks, you’ve spent the last year smelling your own breath and whew—something’s gotta change quickly.   You can have the best oral hygiene routine and still find yourself with bad breath.  Sometimes identifying the culprit is as easy as recognizing yourself as a chronic garlic fries devourer....

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Why Do Custom Night Guards Cost So Much?

When it comes to oral hygiene, the last thing you want to do is cut corners. But when your dentist says you need a custom nightguard, you hear the price and immediately begin thinking of how you can get your hands on a cheaper mouthguard. After all, how dangerous can teeth grinding be? The habit of grinding your teeth, also known as Bruxism, is something you may be doing without...

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The Best Ways to Maintain Great Oral Hygiene

The last thing you want to want someone to accuse you of is having a dirty mouth. Especially when it comes to oral hygiene.  Hopefully, you’re already in the habit of brushing your teeth regularly. (Like twice a day regularly.) But maybe you’re looking for a way to step up the care of your pearly whites.  Maintaining excellent oral hygiene will help keep you from cavities, dentures, and a frustrated...

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Night Guards from the Dentist Vs. Online Night Guards

 It may or may not come as a shock when you’re sitting in the dentist’s chair, and your dentist tells you that you grind your teeth. Whether you grind a lot or a little, the first thing they’ll recommend is a custom nightguard. It’s also possible that you don’t need a dentist to tell you that you desperately need to stop grinding your teeth in your sleep. Whether this is...

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How Do I Know If I Grind My Teeth?

It can happen to anyone, and it can get you when you’re sleeping. But grinding your teeth is nothing to be afraid of, and it’s really easy to treat. The hardest part is knowing if you’re doing it. Bruxism is the fancy medical term for grinding or gnashing your teeth. Of course, it’s much easier to catch yourself grinding your teeth during the day because you’re conscious but bruxing most...

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Does My Ear Hurt Because of TMJ?

There’s nothing worse than that feeling that your ears won’t pop. Ear pain can become unbearable quickly, so it’s crucial to figure out the cause of your ear canal distress.  When adults suffer from ear pain, it’s either the result of an ear infection or a TMJ disorder. Since you’re here reading this article, you’re probably trying to figure out what’s going on in your ears. Let’s get to the...

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Do I Need a Custom Night Guard?

It’s the understatement of the century to say that the last year has been stressful for everyone.  As we work towards the new normal, we’re beginning to address the various tolls the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on our bodies. If you find yourself coping with jaw or tooth pain, you’re not alone. According to research done by the American Dental Association, one in three people grind or clench their teeth...

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