Grinding your teeth is a habit that can cause soreness, jaw clicking, headaches, and worn down teeth. Known as bruxism, teeth grinding is a common issue that has many possibilities for treatment.
- Avoid Stress: Sleep is when you subconsciously work through many of the problems you’re facing, so a stressful life could be contributing to teeth grinding. One study found that as much as 70% of bruxism is caused by stress. Do what you can to minimize stress in your life and take up stress-relieving activities, like yoga or running.
- Get A Night Guard: A mouth guard protects your teeth as they try to rub against each other. While a night guard does not treat the source of the bruxism, it can help you avoid grinding down your teeth over time. Your dentist can create a custom night guard that fits perfectly over your teeth for a supremely comfortable fit.
- Release Energy: Particularly in cases of children with bruxism, the cause of the teeth grinding might be hyperactivity. Nervous energy or ADHD can exhibit throughout the night, causing you to inadvertently grind your teeth. In this case, therapy or medication might relieve the symptoms of bruxism.
If you’re experiencing teeth grinding, you can treat the soreness by applying a warm cloth to your jaw, massaging the jaw muscles, visiting a chiropractor or physical therapist, or using a muscle relaxant. Before your symptoms become severe, visit a dentist for some front-line defenses against bruxism. A family dentistry office can examine your teeth to assess whether or not orthodontics, Invisalign, or other dental treatments are needed in your case.
To schedule an appointment with Mark Stephens DMD, call (859) 626-0069. You can learn more about this family dentistry practice by visiting their website.