Do you suffer from bruxism? If so, then you frequently grind your teeth or clench your jaw, enough that you develop serious complications, including painful symptoms and damaged teeth. How do you stop bruxism? There are a variety of ways we can help address teeth grinding, from changes to your lifestyle to custom-made oral appliances.
5 Tips for Stopping Bruxism
- Manage stress: Did you know stress is one of the major causes of bruxism? You can often help limit future grinding episodes by reducing anxiety in your day-to-day life.
- Avoid caffeine: Another common factor behind teeth grinding episodes is excessive consumption of caffeine, particularly before going to bed. We suggest cutting back on drinks that contain caffeine, including sodas and coffee.
- Don’t ignore symptoms: Don’t ignore the potential warning signs of bruxism. Most people only grind their teeth during sleep, so being aware of the common daytime warning signs is crucial. You may experience chronic headaches, earaches, pain in your jaw, or toothaches/tooth sensitivity. If you experience any discomfort in or around your teeth and jaw, you should have a dentist examine the area and see if you need treatment.
- Try an oral appliance: In many cases we can treat the issue with an oral appliance. Similar in appearance to a nightguard, the device is worn during sleep. The appliance places a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to prevent further damage from grinding or clenching. If jaw alignment or pressure is the cause of your grinding, then the appliance can reposition the jaw to ease symptoms.
- Restorations/tooth replacement: Often missing teeth or damaged teeth can place pressure on the jaw joints, making teeth grinding more likely. We address missing teeth with bridges or implants. We can also repair damaged teeth with crowns or veneers.