You Can’t Stop Grinding Your Teeth. How Can We Help?

Have you been under stress and waking up in the mornings with a headache or a tightness in your jaw? Perhaps the headache and jaw stiffness subside during the day but then seem to return in the mornings. If these symptoms persist, there’s a possibility that you might be grinding your teeth, medically called bruxism. Teeth grinding usually happens most frequently when we’re sleeping so most people are unaware that they’re even doing it. Bruxism often goes undetected until a dentist notices that there is some wear on your teeth or some gum recession.There’s usually no major harm caused by bruxism but if ignore, it could lead to some oral hygiene complications down the line so it’s wise to check in with your dentist.

Recommendations to stop teeth grinding:

There are several ways to treat teeth grinding. The most common recommendation is to wear a mouthguard while you sleep. Mouthguards can be found at most drugstores and dentists are able to custom make them for a more comfortable fit. Other remedies include physical therapy, relaxation techniques, exercise, and any type of stress management technique that you resonate with. Sometimes teeth grinding may require some dental work that could involve braces, crowns, or splint. To lesson the grinding, dentists may even recommend biofeedback therapy or a prescribe a muscle relaxant.

If you feel that you might be grinding your teeth, Lighthouse Family Dentistry recommends that you come visit us to discuss options on how to relieve your symptoms and discomfort. We pride ourselves in having state of the art dental technology and are truly invested in the highest quality dental care that we provide for our patients. We love playing a part in bringing smiles to the world! To schedule an appointment to discuss teeth grinding or any other dental questions, call us at (831) 373-0478.

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