Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a high-tech smart mouth guard that can detect bruxism -- tooth-grinding -- in wearers. Tooth-grinding doesn't just cause damage to the teeth but can also lead to headaches, insomnia and jaw pain. That it occurs during sleep only makes it more difficult to diagnose and control.
This smart mouth guard is embedded with sensors that can detect how much force is applied by your jaw and which teeth are most affected. It then transmits the data via Bluetooth to a smartphone app. The data on the app can be accessed by users as well as their dentists.
This mouth guard can help patients be more aware of their grinding habits. The fact that it can be worn on a nightly basis means it can easily be used as part of a treatment plan rather than just as a diagnostic tool.
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