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How to Handle the Grind of Bruxism

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Bruxism is the formal term for teeth grinding and jaw clenching. It affects both kids and adults and can cause major dental and medical problems. But you don’t have to suffer in silence as long as you know how to stop your struggle with teeth grinding.

Causes of Bruxism

Psychological factors, such as stress, anxiety, anger, or frustration often cause bruxism. It can also be due to dental disorders like an improper bite, jaw problems, missing teeth, or poorly positioned teeth. For some people, teeth grinding is an unconscious habit or it only happens at night when they’re asleep. Many people don’t know they have a problem unless someone mentions it, they start experiencing headaches and earaches, or their dentists detects dental damage.

Effects of Teeth Grinding

Severe teeth grinding and clenching can cause physical discomfort, dental disorders, and emotional distress. These are the most common effects:

  • Jaw pain and joint disorders like temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ)
  • Damage to jaw joints
  • Erosion of tooth enamel and bone
  • Loose teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Changes in facial appearance

Treatments to Relieve Teeth Grinding and Clenching

Do you suspect that you’re grinding and clenching your teeth and need help to stop the habit? If so, you’ll need to talk to your dentist about your options. If your bruxism is causing dental damage, you may be given special dental appliances. If your problem is caused by other factors, you may need to see your primary doctor, a sleep specialist, or a psychologist for the appropriate treatment. Some of the most effective teeth grinding treatments include:

  • Learning stress-management techniques.
  • Getting regular exercise.
  • Relaxing your jaw muscles at night with special exercises.
  • Avoiding chewing gum, which promotes teeth clenching and grinding.
  • Reducing your intake of caffeinated foods and beverages.
  • Staying away from alcohol since teeth grinding often worsens after consumption.
  • Discussing the problem with a psychologist.
  • Getting a prescription for muscle relaxants or antidepressants.
  • Getting a nighttime mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding when sleeping.

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