If you’ve ever woken up to a sore jaw or the sound of your teeth grinding, you may have bruxism. Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding which is simply when there is clenching of the teeth or jaw and your teeth began grinding together. This is usually caused by anxiety, stress, an abnormal bite, missing or crooked teeth. Most people that grind their teeth do it in their sleep and are not even aware of the problem. Most people find out they grind their teeth when they begin to experience the effects from it, but you can also ask your dentist who will be able to tell.
There are many side effects of teeth grinding that are important to be aware of. Regular teeth grinding can break down dental fillings and wear down enamel that can cause tooth sensitivity. Teeth grinding also causes sore jaws, tooth pain, dull headaches and potentially loose or fractured teeth.
What You Can Do
Although teeth grinding isn’t always serious, taking measures to treat it will benefit you in the long run. Some of the ways to reduce or stop yourself from grinding your teeth is to fix the problems you have that usually cause it.
- Since stress and anxiety is a major reason why people grind their teeth, taking a therapy or counseling session can help to overcome any issues you may have.
- Ask your dentist if he/she notices any signs of teeth grinding. They can give you a mouth guard that you can sleep with to fix the problem.
- You can also opt for muscle relaxers or an exercise program that may help you to relax better when you are asleep.
- Limit your caffeine intake which might be limiting your ability to relax at night.
- avoid chewing gum which causes you to clench your teeth and jaw.
If you are experiencing any issues with your teeth or need a great dentist, don’t hesitate to contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Point. We have everything you need to get the beautiful smile you want.