It may be February…


…but we’re in Los Angeles and the weather is INCREDIBLE!!!


Had a walk-n-phone this morning that took a lot longer than I thought – when I hung up, it was time to hop in the car, and head to the dentist for a checkup!


Dipped into my energy bar stash for breakfast during the drive – finally tried the Larabar Cappuccino. Not really a fan (I also don’t love coffee-flavored-things in general) but it did keep me full for three hours…


…good thing, since I wound up waiting almost 50 minutes at Dr. Stahle’s! She just moved down the street, and I’m not sure if this is indicative of the new staff, or if they were having a particularly crazy day…


…this office doesn’t have DVD movies to watch (but there is CNN on the TV). She’s the same great dentist, though, and I still took home a goody bag!!!


No cavities (always a surprise/relief for this candy addict) but she did give me some bad news – I’ve known for years that I grind my teeth at night, but it’s really starting to affect my gums/bone loss. In the past, I’ve used a cheap drugstore night guard, but stopped since it was uncomfortable and kept falling out while I slept. I would love to hear any of your experiences with getting a custom-fit one, since my insurance doesn’t cover the cost, and I want to make sure it’s worth the $$$?


Time to cut into this hideous beast of a melon I just picked up. See ya later!


17 thoughts on “Grinder

  1. Kristen

    I grind my teeth and I really like the night guard my dentist made for me. The first one was unfortunately eaten by my dog and I tried to use a drugstore guard while my new one was being made and it was terrible. The one the dentist gives you is hard plastic and fits really well. They are expensive but supposedly last years and I have a lot of pain if I don’t wear mine, so I think it’s well worth it.

  2. Cindy

    Well worth it. I’m more of a clencher than a grinder (Yes, I know how that sounds. 😮 ) and prefer the hard ones over the soft ones. I’ve been using the custom fit ones for 20+ years. Tried the soft ones, thick and thin and, for me, was happiest with the hard ones. (It’s a virtual mine field here with double entendre!) Having something that perfectly fits your teeth and bite is infinitely more comfortable. Save up and do it. They last for several years too (I’ve only need 3 in 20 years).

  3. maria @ Chasing the Now

    I don’t use a night guard, but my husband does! He “chatters” in his sleep and we were worried about the effect it was having on his teeth, so we sprung for a custom made guard. He hasn’t had any issues with it at all. I’d say go for it!

  4. Lt

    Worth the money. I wake up with fewer headaches and I’d grind my teeth to nubs (they’re already close) without it. I did wake up for a long time having taken it out in my sleep, but I eventually got used to it.

  5. topangagurl

    Rob is like a snapping turtle when he sleeps – he has to use something called an NTI…it is a small piece that snaps onto the front teeth. It allows for a slight spacing of the teeth that in turn stop grinding etc..

    check it out and bon chance!

  6. simply Life

    those pictures make it look like summer!

    I grind my teeth and use a cheap guard from Target that you put in boiling water then mold to your teeth- is this what you have? I’ve been using it for a couple years and am really happy with it (and the $15 price tag).

  7. She

    I have a custom-fit mouth guard and in my experience it is soooooooo much better than anything I ever tried from the grocery store. My other point of interest on this subject is mine fits on the bottom teeth which I love. All the ones I tried that went around the top teeth made me feel like a football player or something. I actually truly love my mouth guard.

  8. Annie G.

    I tried a Larabar for the first time today between classes, and boy did I not like the oily/mealy texture. I don’t know if you’ve tried them (I figure not since it wasn’t on your blog!) but I picked up a “peanut toffee buzz” Clif Bar the other day and it was freaking awesome. Apparently Clif Bar puts caffeine in some of their bars now??? I don’t often drink coffee, so that bar was a great way for a morning hater to start the day!

  9. Ellie

    I recently got a custom mouth guard. It’s worth the money. I thought it would take me a long time to adjust but they are so unobtrusive you will hardly notice it after the first few nights. I’m really surprised by how much wear my mouth guard has after a few months. It’s a real visual reminder of how much damage I used to do to my teeth every night.

  10. Kristine

    Isn’t California great? Wonderful weather during the winter. The grinding thing – definitely get a night guard. You don’t want to grind down your teeth. You can order them on-line and they send you a mold which you mail back. They will custom fit a night guard for you. It is way less expensive than ordering it from the dentist. Give it a try.

    1. Stephanie C

      Who does this? I have a lack of sleep and had a 15 hour day, so I may have missed the name of the place your’e talking about. But I’m a clencher who needs a mouth guard but can’t shell out the big bucks at the dentist.

  11. Teresapalooza!!

    Wow, who knew the mouth guard club was this huge?! 🙂 I’m a proud member as well. Custom fit and well worth the cost after putting it off for too long and causing some bad damage to my poor teeth. My gums look 100 times better!

  12. Erica

    I also grind my teeth and have done tons of damage to them as a result (had to have a root canal a few months ago because I actually cracked a tooth). That being said, the damage would have been a lot worse to this point had I not been wearing a custom mouth guard for the past 12 years. I grind so hard that I actually bit right through the first 2, but the one I have now has lasted 6 years, and I honestly cannot sleep without wearing one now. Definitely worth the investment, if you ask me. Good luck!

  13. kunj

    get it done when u come to india. the best quality at the cheapest rate. a lot of people from UK and USA come to india for dental treatments.

  14. Kevin B

    Like Topangagurl’s husband, I use the NTI. It has lasted for several years. With a dentist before that one, I had the mold one that fit the upper teeth. I found it would last about a year before I chewed up the molar part of it.
    I really recommend one if you grind. A very good friend was a grinder, and got TMJ. It wasn’t fun for her because she had to wear braces for several years, in her late 40’s, to correct the damage.


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