Bruxism refers to excessive grinding of the teeth and/or clenching of the jaw. This typically occurs while your sleeping. The side effects of Bruxism are waking up with tension headaches, jaw pain, or facial pain. Many people may not even know they have Bruxism until a dental visit reveals enamel loss or damage to any restorations.
Excessive grinding and clenching of the jaw can wear down your teeth’s chewing surface and result in cracked or chipped tooth, crown, or filling. Stress, tension, and anxiety can carry over into your night time sleeping and thus can cause Bruxism unknowingly.
There is a solution to teeth grinding and jaw clenching. A custom fabricated night guard can be created through a non invasive procedure that takes and impression of the top and bottom rows of your teeth.
Wearing a mouth guard is very important to help with grinding and clenching getting worse. However, there are other health care tips to help grinding get worse.
- Reduce tension and stress. Relieving stress before bed is a great way to prevent Bruxism. You can take a bath, meditate, listen to relaxing music, or even workout before bed to help relieve the stress of your day.
- Avoid caffeine and or alcohol. In Some cases, alcohol and caffeine can increase teeth grinding.
- Focus on relaxing your jaw muscles. Try not to chew on items such as a pencil, pen, straw, or gum. Train your jaw to stay relaxed, put your tongue between your teeth. Wearing a warm wash cloth can also relax your jaw.
It is important to know the signs and symptoms of Bruxism. If you feel frequent tension headaches or jaw pain when up you wake up in the morning, make an appointment with us to detect any unknown affects from Bruxism.