If someone informed you that you have been unconsciously grinding or clenching your teeth (known as bruxism) while sleeping or you feel the signs yourself, such as facial, head, neck, and jaw muscle pain, you should never take it for granted.
You can suffer from many oral problems like chipped teeth, enamel erosion, and tooth sensitivity from the seemingly harmless habit of teeth grinding. Instead of dismissing your teeth grinding habits, it is best that you call us for an appointment, so we can assess your condition and the extent of damage that bruxism has caused your oral health.
How to Effectively Address BruxismIt is important that you immediately address your teeth grinding problem as soon as you discover that you have this habit. One of the most effective ways to do this is by managing your stress and anxiety levels.
Many studies have proven the deep connection between teeth grinding and clenching with stress and anxiety. Individuals who grind their teeth tend to suffer from severe stress compared with those who don't.
Some recent studies even suggest that those who tend to be filled with negative emotions are most likely to exhibit signs of bruxism. You can keep your daily stress levels to the minimum through exercise and by engaging in activities that are calming and relaxing.
Another way to counter the effects of bruxism is by literally protecting your mouth by wearing a dental night guard. As the name suggests, a dental night guard acts as a guard that protects your dental health while you are sleeping.
It is a device that is worn on top of the mouth to prevent you from grinding or clenching your teeth. It is important to note, however, that wearing pre-manufactured night guard can do more harm than good because it is not tailor-fitted to your mouth.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (424) 346-0955 today.