Bruxism is excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching that typically occurs involuntary and in your sleep. It is a common ailment that affects at least 8 percent of adults, and typically occurs at night during sleep – also known as Sleep Bruxism. Oral health typically gets overlooked when caring for your overall health, but it needs to be taken more seriously.
What are Signs and Symptoms of Bruxism?
Bruxism has many symptoms, however many of those symptoms are similar to those of other conditions.
- Constant headaches
- Flat, loose, or chipped teeth
- Grinding of the teeth that is easily heard
- Diminished tooth enamel
- Tooth sensitivity
Discuss symptoms with your doctor or dentist to discern the problem.
Stop Teeth Grinding
Oftentimes, Bruxism is mild and may not require treatment, but if the condition is severe enough it could cause irreversible damage to your healthy smile. Worn down tooth enamel, tooth fractures, and loose teeth are all symptoms of teeth clenching, and here’s what you can do to prevent it.
- Reduce Stress: Learn how to manage your stress with exercise and meditation.
- Wear a Mouth Guard: These will help protect your teeth and help redistribute the force of teeth grinding.
- Fix Misaligned Teeth: A teeth alignment procedure may resolve Bruxism, as well as braces or crowns.
- Don’t Drink Caffeine: Coffee, tea, and soda are likely to affect the quality of your teeth and make you clench your teeth.
Prevent Sleep Bruxism
If you or someone you know suffers from Sleep Bruxism, here are three tips for coping and temporarily relieving teeth grinding at night:
- Try to relax in the hours before bedtime in order to reduce stress and maintain a regular comfortable bedtime routine.
- Create a sleep environment that is comfortable and peacefully quiet and keep off electronics off half an hour before bedtime.
- Try new sleep positions if you’re used to sleeping in the same position.
Speak to your dentist about treatments for Bruxism. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva today.