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Need a Night Guard? Get Out Of the Grind

grinding-teeth-pain-poor-sleepLet’s face it – it’s been a pretty stressful year. That shows up in many ways, from extra trips to the refrigerator to sleepless nights. But one of the biggest impacts we see here is patients who grind their teeth (also referred to as bruxism). If you’re a grinder, you might need a night guard. Here’s more on symptoms to watch for, why it happens, and what to do.

How to Know if Stress is Affecting Your Teeth

Some of the signs are more obvious than others. The first thing to know about stress is that it can grind you down, literally and figuratively. It’s impacts can be severe, and we always advise reducing stress, not just treating the symptoms.

Once it’s there, it’s bound to create more problems, and your teeth are definitely on the list. There are two primary ways stress can affect your teeth.

One is chemical, the other is physical.

Chemical Effects of Stress on Teeth

Chemical effects show up in the form of acid reflux. If you do have acid reflux from stress, you’d want to get your primary care physician involved to treat it. Acid wear in the teeth makes them look glossy, it causes a chemical erosion and you can even see pitting in the teeth.

Stress also often impacts eating habits, and we can tend to binge eat sugary foods, drink, and smoke more. Those types of foods and activities impact the teeth and can cause cavities. 

Physical Effects of Stress on Teeth

Physical effects show up in the form of grinding teeth, which can break down the enamel and cause your teeth to break. Not everyone realizes they’re grinding until they wake up every day feeling sore and sensitive. Here are some of the signs you might be grinding your teeth and may need a nightguard:

  • Cracked or uneven teeth
  • Sensitive teeth when pressure is applied
  • Sore jaw
  • Locked jaw (difficulty opening)
  • Headaches/migraines


How a Night Guard Helps

A night guard, also referred to as a mouth guard or bite guard, doesn’t affect stress, but it can help reduce the effects of stress-related grinding on your teeth.

It serves as a barrier between your teeth to protect them from the pressure and abrasion of grinding.That saves your enamel and helps you relax the muscles in your jaw. 


It’s important to have your dentist fit you properly if you need a night guard to ensure that it does its job and doesn’t cause other problems with sleeping or shifting the alignment of your teeth.
To schedule an appointment, fill out this form, or call our office at 815-886-0875.




Selena Nunez
Selena Nunez
October 22, 2022.

Hands down the best dental office to receive your dental and cosmetic needs. The staff is always very friendly and welcoming. It’s also so nice knowing that they have 3 amazing doctors on staff who know their craft. No matter which provider you see, you just know you’re in great hands. My last visit was with Dr. Sheikh for Botox. She’s very thorough and has a keen eye for detail. I’m two weeks out from my Botox treatment and let me just say, my skin has never felt so smooth or looked as radiant as it does now. Always a pleasure visiting Dr. Sheikh!

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Victoria esposito
October 2, 2022.

Please look no further! This entire office has their act together. I’ve been seeing Dr Sheikh and she is so patient and gentle.She is also a perfectionist and listens to your concerns and delivers options. I’ve also seen Dr Nina and Dr Patel and certainly no complaints with either of them. I’ve had 3 crowns and numerous fillings and no problems with any of the work. Thanks for building my complete confidence!

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Nancy Sauer
September 29, 2022.

Today I had a great visit at Romeoville Dental! Anna and Jaime are wonderful, and so is Dr. Nina. The desk staff are very welcoming. It's always so enjoyable to come here.

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Daniel Gonzalez
September 28, 2022.

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Neshelle Baker
September 25, 2022.

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September 24, 2022.

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September 24, 2022.

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