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What is nighttime teeth grinding?

Sometimes the most common health issues we face are also the most likely to go unnoticed. And while headaches and muscle aches can be caused by many different things, regular aches around your face, head, and neck might indicate that you have a chronic condition. If you often wake up with a sore jaw, headaches, […]

How to Prepare for Back-to-School So You Don’t Stress

Are your kids ready for a new school year? Are you? If you feel like you blinked and missed the summer or otherwise aren’t feeling ready for the grind of the school routine, you may be feeling some back-to-school stress. And that stress can affect more than just how many cups of coffee you need […]

What to Look for in a Dental Guard

If you’re suffering from bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding), you know that wearing a dental guard can be one of the quickest and surest ways to protect your teeth and promote good oral health. And if you’ve started shopping for a dental guard, you also know that there are quite a few options out there. So what should […]

Tips for Better Summer Sleep

The nights may be shorter this summer season, but that certainly doesn’t make sleep any less important. And while the longer days, hotter temperatures, and more active schedules might make it harder to get some decent rest, there is plenty you can do to sleep better these summer months. Here are our top 5 tips for […]

Top Daily Grinds

Remember when you were a kid and the days, weeks, and months seemed to stretch on forever? Time felt slow and even a single hour could have endless possibilities. As adults, this usually isn’t the case anymore. Time flies by in a blur as we get caught up in the grind of calendars, to-do lists, [...]

How to Have a Successful July 4th

It’s that time of year again: fireworks, hot dogs, flip flops, and swimming pools. For many Americans, the Fourth of July is the high point of the summer! But even with all the barbecues, sunshine, and Americana, Independence Day can lead to anxiety, stress, and fatigue. Looking to have a chill summer holiday? Here are some [...]

3 Tips to Cope with Bruxism

Dealing with bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding) can wreak havoc on more than just your sleep. The effects of bruxing at night stay with you well into your morning — and can cause issues all day long. So if bruxism is so impactful, how do you deal with it and stop its effects in their tracks? Here are three important […]

Summer Vacation Ideas for Stress Relief

The last thing you want to deal with on vacation is stress. But, alas, stress is a fact of life — and anything that involves airline delays, long stints in the car, or preparing to be away from work for more than a couple of days is bound to threaten your relaxation. But there are things you […]

Father’s Day Grind

Dads know the grind. Even though it can sometimes feel like a slog, fathers today are eager to make sure everything gets done and — everyone gets taken care of. This Father’s Day, we’d like to thank all the dads out there for putting in the time to support their families! While we often think of celebrating [...]

Top Summer Stressors

While the days may be longer and the nights may be warmer, summer isn’t always a totally carefree season. And where there’s stress, there’s often bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding). Stay away from enamel damage, cracked teeth, headaches, and more: keep your summer stress in check. Here are three of the most common summer stressors — and how to address […]

What Causes Bruxism

Bruxism, or nighttime teeth grinding, affects millions every night. Regular jaw clenching and teeth grinding can lead to a whole host of dental and health issues, not to mention all that less-than-restful sleep that you and your partner are probably getting. Let’s take a look at one of the biggest bruxism causes: stress. The thing […]

Anxiety & Bruxism

One of the biggest causes of bruxism (or nighttime teeth grinding) is stress. All that tension can build up and make it difficult to relax while you sleep, leading to clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth instead of getting a solid night of rest. It can also lead to a cycle that’s difficult to [...]

Dental Guards Designed to Last

When you think of over-the-counter dental guards, you might be picturing a plastic tray that you have to microwave or boil and then bite into — just to get it to fit your teeth. And after all that hassle and work, it probably only holds up about as long as the newest Avengers movie. If you’re looking [...]

The Importance of Sleep

There is nothing so sweet as a good night’s sleep. And it’s essential to a happy and productive life! But we face many hurdles to restful sleep: too much exposure to blue light from our collection of screens, a reliance on caffeine or other stimulants to wake us up and keep us going throughout the [...]

SleepRight ProRx

Bruxism (or nighttime teeth grinding) is a common condition that can wreak havoc on your oral health. Often triggered by stress and exacerbated by diets high in sugar, caffeine, or alcohol, bruxism can cause serious damage to your teeth (or even lead to lost teeth), create jaw or muscle pain (including temporomandibular joint disorder, also [...]

Why Over-the-Counter Dental Guards

If you’re looking for a dental guard, it can be hard to know where to start. There are plenty of choices out there, at all kinds of price points and levels of quality. You want the best for your dental health, but you don’t want to overspend needlessly. Luckily there is a great option available: [...]

March Madness – Long-Term Teeth Grinding

While it’s that time of year to start worrying about a busted bracket, you shouldn’t be worried about busted teeth. In the rush of March Madness, make sure you take a few minutes to prevent the long-term effects of teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) so you can get back to cheering on your favorite [...]

The Importance of Innovation

“Innovation” may not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of the technology behind your dental care. But using up-to-date and — yes — innovative dental care products is important to ensuring effective solutions. As we learn more about the causes and triggers behind conditions like bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding), we understand more about how [...]

Sleep Apnea & Bruxism             

Having trouble getting a good night’s rest? Sleep apnea and bruxism are two sleep-related conditions that are sometimes experienced together. The first is a disorder in which breathing is interrupted during sleep, while the second is nighttime teeth grinding. And those who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea are more likely to also deal with [...]

Jaw Pain: Teeth Grinding?

How does your jaw feel these days? If you’re like many Americans, tension, pain, and tenderness may be among your symptoms. Jaw pain can be caused by a wide number of factors, including stress, infection, inflammation, injury, and teeth grinding. But it can also lead to a number of even more severe problems, like temporomandibular [...]

Valentines and Snoring

Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love, but you might not be feeling very romantic if you or your partner has been snoring. Snoring is one of the quickest ways to create tension in a relationship. Often caused by bruxism (or nighttime teeth grinding), a snoring partner can lead to disrupted and restless sleep. And [...]

What to Look for in a Dental Guard

When it comes to dental guard buying, there’s no shortage of options out there. From disposal guards at your local dollar store to custom dental guards fitted by your dentist, it can be tough to decide which is the best choice for you. And if you’re suffering from nighttime teeth grinding (also called bruxism), you’re [...]

Cost of Custom Dental Guards

Nighttime teeth grinding affects lots of people: an estimated 1 in 10 adults and as many as 1 in 3 children. Regular teeth grinding can lead to jaw pain, restless sleep, muscle tightness, damaged enamel, and cracked teeth. Bruxing (unconsciously grinding your teeth) can even lead to lost teeth and gum disease. Dental guards are [...]

De-Stress after the Holidays

While the holiday season can be one of the most wonderful times of the year, it can also be one of the most stressful. Extra social occasions, stressful family situations, indulgent food, increased alcohol, end-of-year deadlines . . . January can feel like a breath of (very cold) fresh air. As you start to get back into a [...]

New Year, New You

In this month of reflection, intention, and resolution, what are your hopes for a beautiful smile in 2019? Many start the year thinking about health — but they often forget the importance of oral health! A healthy smile is about more than just looking good in photos (although that usually doesn’t hurt). Having a healthy [...]

New Year, Stop the Grind

It’s that time of year: taking stock of the past twelve months, looking forward to a fresh start, and thinking about what you want to do differently. Whether you like to commit to new year’s resolutions or just like the idea of a clean slate, it’s a great opportunity to put your best foot forward [...]

How to Limit Holiday Stress

’Tis the season for eggnog, sugar cookies, and stressful family gatherings. The holidays can bring great joy, but they can also create worry and stress as you scramble to keep up with activities, gifts, and a diet of rich foods and cocktails. Holiday stress can lead to bruxism, or nighttime teeth grinding, or can exacerbate [...]

Truths & Myths: Bruxism

Many people think of bruxism as being a condition that’s strictly related to teeth. But that’s only part of the picture. While the damage caused by bruxism may be easiest to first notice on your teeth, it can cause problems throughout your mouth and even in your head and neck. When people hear “teeth grinding,” [...]

Identifying Bruxism: 6 Signs to Look For

Bruxism affects millions, but you may not have even realized it’s happening. Because that teeth-grinding happens at night during sleep, it can be difficult to identify that it’s going on. If you’re trying to identify bruxism (either for yourself or if you suspect a loved one is dealing with it), there are several symptoms you [...]

Hold the Starbucks! How that Grande Can Cause Teeth Grinding

Americans love their morning cup of Joe, but the habit could be damaging their teeth. Sixty-four percent of Americans age 18 or over said they enjoyed a cup of coffee the previous day in 2018, according to a survey commissioned by the National Coffee Association. Indeed, Americans collectively drink more coffee than anyone on the [...]

Protect Yourself from Thanksgiving Stress

Holidays can be stressful, and Thanksgiving is no exception. It’s supposed to be a day to feel grateful for your blessings, but cooking the perfect turkey, traveling with the kids, hosting the family dinner — all of it can stress even the calmest soul. And as you know, stress can cause you to grinding your [...]

Is Sleep Apnea Keeping You up at Night? Check Your Mouth for Signs.

The next time you visit your dentist, don’t be surprised if he or she asks how you are sleeping. Why? Because if you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep, your oral health may help explain why. If you’re struggling with snoring and sleeplessness, you might have sleep apnea, a sleep disorder marked by repeated stops [...]

Fighting Bruxism Naturally

Bruxism is a big problem that can cause a lot of damage to your teeth and your quality of sleep. Nearly one in three people — from children to adults — suffers from teeth grinding, and almost 10% of those grind so severely that it reduces their teeth to nubs. According to research, clenching, grinding [...]

Does Your Child Have a Scary Habit?

Halloween is the time of year when all things creepy, crawly and scary take center stage for one night. Some kids like to be scared and others … well, they just want candy. But after the trick-or-treating winds down, porch lights have been shut off and little goblins have gone to sleep, you may find [...]

Eat Right, Sleep Right

When you’re not sleeping well, it affects your mental, physical and emotional health. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can keep you up at night but eating the right diet can help you reduce stress and get a better night's sleep. In fact, nutrients such as vitamin B6, calcium and foods high on the glycemic index can [...]

Which Dental Guard Is Best for You?

If you’re suffering from bruxism or teeth grinding, wearing a dental guard at night can help protect your teeth from damage. An effective mouth guard should fit well, be comfortable, durable, easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech. You should also look for one that is BPA- and latex-free. But with [...]

The Dark Side of Grinding

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can be your worst nightmare. It can cause some scary short- and long-term effects, including headaches, jaw pain, problems chewing, a misshapen face and loose teeth. According to research, when you grind your teeth while sleeping, it puts 10 times more pressure on them than while you’re eating. And that has [...]

What’s a Smile Really Worth?

A big, beautiful smile can take you far in your day-to-day activities and can even change your life. You can flash a smile and change the entire mood of a room. A big confident smile can help you land that dream job. A smile from you can give your child confidence and let him know [...]

Can Botox Cure Bruxism?

A small study suggests that botox can erase bruxism as well as wrinkles. Millions of people grind and clench their teeth during sleep and suffer symptoms, which include jaw pain, headaches and damaged teeth. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston found that shots of Botox into an individual’s chewing muscles in the cheek [...]

You Need a Dental Guard, but How Do You Choose?

If you’re aware that you grind your teeth, you probably also know that a dental guard from bruxism can help protect your teeth and reduce grinding. And you might even wear one. Whether you’re new to wearing a dental guard or ready to buy your 25th one, there are several factors to consider when choosing [...]

Don’t Let Your Sleep Suffer from the Season Change

Fall is at our doorstep, and with it comes cooler nights, shorter days and less sunlight. Season, weather and temperature changes can affect your sleep, and not usually for the better. Here are some things to know to help you sleep better at night this fall: Cooler air helps you sleep better. Temperature is important when [...]

Custom-Fit vs. Over-the Counter Dental Guards: Pros & Cons

If your dentist recommends a dental guard, you have a decision to make: Do you spend hundreds on a custom-fit guard, or do you save some money and time and choose an over-the-counter dental guard? Custom-fit dental guards can only be made and sold by your dentist. If you need one, you’ll need to schedule [...]

Grinding & TMJD Aren’t Related

Jaw pain is often a symptom of teeth grinding and of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, but making a direct connection between grinding and TMJ problems is sketchy at best. According to the Mayo Clinic, the precise cause of an individual’s TMJ disorder is difficult to determine, even for doctors. The TMJ connects your jawbone to [...]

Beat Back-to-School Stress

Back-to-school time can be stressful for the entire family. Between the stress of shopping and sign-ups, coupled with trying to transition kids from their summer schedule back into the structure of a school day, your sleep and sanity may suffer. As your family moves into back-to-school mode, there are many stressors that can serve as [...]

Don’t Drink & Grind

If you drink several times a week or even just a glass of wine or two before bed, you might want to rethink that habit. While imbibing on a regular basis can expand your waistline and that glass of red wine can stain your teeth, doing either can cause far greater harm to your overall [...]

SleepRight ProRx Custom Dental Guard is now available at H-E-B

Lenexa, Kansas, June 7, 2018 – Splintek, Inc., the makers of SleepRight No-Boil Dental Guards, is excited to announce that the new SleepRight ProRx Custom Dental Guard is now available in select H-E-B stores and on their website. H-E-B serves communities across Texas and Mexico. This is the second retailer to offer the quick fit, [...]

Teeth Grinding: The Long and Short of It

Are you ignoring tell-tale signs that you are grinding your teeth at night? If you experience the symptoms of bruxism on an all-too-regular basis, then you need to seek your dentist’s help. When people ignore the initial signs of teeth grinding, it is almost certain that they will lead to bigger, more damaging effects. The [...]

Anxiety & Bruxism … Why Are They Connected?

Bruxism – grinding and clenching teeth – is more common in people with depression and anxiety disorders, but does anxiety actually cause this problem? Doctors admit that they don’t really know. The medical community isn’t certain what comes first, anxiety or grinding and clenching teeth. The truth is, doctors don’t really know why some people [...]

Are Sleep Apnea & Teeth Grinding Connected?

If you’re waking up with tired, sore jaw muscles or sensitive teeth, you might be grinding your teeth all through the night. And there may be more to it — according to The National Sleep Foundation, one of the biggest risk factors for teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a condition called obstructive sleep [...]

Have a Safe, Smile-filled Fourth!

Amidst the Fourth of July backyard barbecues, the barrage of booms from fireworks and the general stress of having the family all together, oral health may not be at the forefront of your mind. You may eat too much, drink too much and not get enough sleep over the holiday, but don’t neglect your teeth! [...]

Smile for National Selfie Day!

June 21 is National Selfie Day, so fire up your smartphone, show off your healthy smile and snap a selfie. Post it to your favorite social media outlet with the hashtag #NationalSelfieDay. We upload 350 million photos to Facebook, 95 million photos on Instagram and 3 billion snaps on Snapchat each day, according to a [...]

Banish Bad Breath This Summer

Are you that person? Do people start talking to you and quickly end the conversation? When you step forward or get close to talk to someone, does he or she take a step back? While you may be a brilliant, engaging conversationalist, it just might be that your breath is driving people away. Perhaps you [...]

How Important Is Your Smile?

Your smile is one of your biggest assets. Smiling can change your mood and the mood of those around you. But did you know that smiling – or not smiling – also can affect your mental, physical and emotional health? Here are some reasons why you should smile more often: Smiling boosts your self-confidence. Smiling [...]

Say Ahhh … Oral Health Is Critical to Overall Health

In the first-ever oral health report issued in 2000, the U.S. Surgeon General declared that the “mouth is the center of vital tissues and functions that are critical to total health and well-being across the life span.” In other words, everything in our body is linked, and oral health is critical to overall health. Good [...]

Don’t Let End-of-School-Year Stress Get the Best of You

Another few weeks and school’s out for the summer. Uh oh. Are you ready for it? The last few weeks of school can definitely be stressful, for both kids and parents. Kids have stressors like testing, wrapping up the year with good grades and graduation, while parents have 182 school events to attend, multiplied by [...]

Protect Your Healthy Teeth From Acidic Foods

You probably know that sugary foods like soda and candy are not good for your teeth. But did you know that some fruits don’t do your oral health any favors either? In general, fruits are great choices for both dental and overall health. They’re sweet and high in vitamin C. The problem is acid, however. [...]

A Father’s Dental Lab Inspires Innovation

Thomas Brown, CEO and inventor, didn’t have to venture too far from home for his product idea. Brown founded Splintek Inc. and invented the SleepRight No-Boil Dental Guard for people who suffer from bruxism, or who grind their teeth at night while they sleep. His father was a dentist and an orthodontist. “When I was [...]

SleepRight ProRx Custom Dental Guard is now available at Walmart

Lenexa, Kansas – April 24, 2018 – Splintek, Inc., the makers of SleepRight No-Boil Dental Guards, is excited to announce that the new SleepRight ProRx Custom Dental Guard is now available in Walmart stores across the U.S. This is the first major retailer to sell the quick fit, full coverage, low temperature dental guard. In [...]

Is Stress Causing You to Grind the Night Away?

You wake up late after a night of tossing and turning, you get the kids fed and ready for school, grab your coffee and rush out the door, only to find yourself stuck in traffic and late to the office again. You try to work but keep getting distracted by the constant pain in your [...]

The Celebrity Life Can Be a Grind

Celebrities are wealthy and beautiful but sometimes, they face the same challenges as normal people. Stress and teeth grinding are two examples, and they are linked. Many celebrities struggle with grinding and clenching their teeth. Grinding, usually done at night, can wear away tooth enamel, causing teeth to crack or break. It can damage the [...]

Stop the Grind & Save Your Smile

A great smile is one of your biggest assets. A gorgeous grin can boost your self-confidence and make you appear younger and more attractive. But if you grind your teeth at night, you’re putting your smile at risk. Regular teeth grinding can damage your teeth, putting you at risk of tooth decay and erosion, gum [...]

Bruxism Is a Real Grind

Did you sleep all night through, like a baby? Or, did you toss and turn and wake up with a sore jaw and a headache? If you experience the latter on a regular basis, you may be suffering from bruxism, or teeth grinding. It typically involves moving or clenching the incisors and canines laterally against [...]

HearRight Volume Control Ear Plugs are now available at CVS

Lenexa, Kansas – September 27, 2017 – Splintek, Inc., the makers of SleepRight products, is excited to announce that HearRight Volume Control Ear Plugs are now available at over 1,800 CVS locations across North America. This is the second major retailer to sell HearRight Volume Control Ear Plugs, behind TravelCenters of America. Most ear plugs [...]

Splintek, Inc. Introduces Breathe Aid with Lavender to Improve Deep Sleep

Kansas City, Missouri – May 30, 2017 –Splintek, Inc., the makers of SleepRight and HearRight products, introduces the Intra-Nasal Sleep Inhaler to the sleep market to help improve sleep. It can be purchased in the sleep section at select CVS Pharmacy locations. More than a third of American adults are not getting enough sleep. The [...]

Splintek, Inc. Introduces HearRight Volume Control Ear Plugs

Kansas City, MO – Every sound or noise has a decibel (dB) level and being exposed to decibel levels over 85 dB can cause permanent hearing damage over time. The average person is regularly exposed to unsafe sound levels above 85 decibels, such as: lawn mowers, concerts, motorcycles, power tools and machinery. Without taking the [...]

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