If your teeth, jaw or facial muscles are in pain, it might be because you're grinding or clenching your teeth at night. If you have this problem, Dr. Tinkle might be able to prescribe you a custom-made nightguard. The guard — a clear, thin devise you wear over your upper or lower teeth while sleeping — will protect you from stressing your pearly whites whenever you have one of those crazy beaver dreams.
Nightguards won't only protect your from pain — they'll also keep your teeth from wearing down. Studies have shown that people who grind and clench their teeth can have up to 80 times the normal tooth wear per day compared to those who don't suffer from the habit. Thank goodness for the good ol' nightguard.