Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common condition. According to The American Dental Association, people grind their teeth for many reasons. For instance, stress, sleep issues, or mouth problems may cause this habit to begin. Since bruxism can be painful and lead to tooth problems, there are numerous effective treatments available.
Mouth Guards or Mouth Splints
It is common for bruxism to occur at night while you sleep. If this is the case, wearing a mouth guard may effectively treat the problem. It helps even the pressure across your jaw and creates a wall between your upper and lower teeth so that damage cannot occur.
These devices are commonly made of rubber or plastic. For the best fit, your dentist can create a custom guard that is made specifically to conform to your mouth. Splints work in a similar fashion. However, they are made from a harder plastic and last for longer periods of time. Unfortunately, they are often more expensive as well.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy is used to treat bruxism and other psychological problems, including stress and anxiety. These issues may be behind your teeth grinding. This therapy helps you change the way you think or act so that you can manage your problem. Therapists will help you relax so that you get a peaceful night’s rest.
Stress management can be attained through deep breathing techniques and exercises like yoga. A massage or a warm bath before bed may help you unwind so that you do not feel the need to grind your teeth during sleep.
Breaking the teeth grinding habit may sound difficult, but it is not impossible. To stop the practice, many experts recommend recording when and how often you grind your teeth throughout the day. Becoming aware of the habit makes it simpler to break. It is necessary to train your brain to relax your jaw when you feel it clenching up.
Treating Dental Problems
A poor bite, missing teeth, or other mouth issues may be behind bruxism. Your dentist can examine your teeth and look for problems causing the bad habit. It is possible to receive reconstructive dental procedures so that you stop the grinding. Besides eliminating bruxism, your oral health will improve as well. False teeth or crowns will heighten your appearance and make it easier to eat and speak.
Dr. Dana Walters is ready to help you get past your teeth grinding habit. He will get to the root of the problem and offer oral care advice and dental tips that keep your mouth healthy. For a consultation, call our office today.