Bruxism, otherwise known as teeth grinding, is when grinding and clenching of the teeth happens involuntarily. This forceful grinding usually occurs while asleep, and since the person is not aware, the pressure can be up to 250 pounds of force! Sleep bruxism is most common in children, adolescents, and young adults, but can affect people of any age.
Common side effects of bruxism are a strain on the mouth and jaw. Another side effect is aggravated muscles in the neck. Decreasing this pain is an important part of treatment for sleep bruxism. There is technically no cure to completely stop teeth grinding, but there is a treatment that will help reduce the frequency and impact, as well as relieve side effects.
How To Avoid Mask Mouth
- You can try using a mouthguard or a splint. This works for a lot of people by cushioning the teeth, stopping them from grinding against each other. Mouthguards can be custom-made at your dentist or bought over the counter. It’s important to keep in mind that over-the-counter options may not be as effective for severe cases.
- To help with bruxism, you can undergo a reductive coronoplasty dental procedure. This can be used to reshape or level the biting surface of your teeth. It might be effective if your teeth grinding is a result of crowded, misaligned, or crooked teeth.
- Try avoiding foods that cause a lot of chewing. Some examples include popcorn, nuts, hard candies, and sticky foods, like peanut butter, and caramel.
- Try to practice stress reduction techniques. A large reason some experience teeth grinding is due to stress. Attempting relaxation techniques calls for more of a natural approach. You can try exercise, yoga, meditation, or talk therapy. Incorporating relaxation methods can be a big part of your sleep routine, and getting better sleep can help you respond to stress in a healthier way.
- You can adjust your sleeping position or pillow for additional head and neck support in hopes that it will correct your teeth grinding.
- There are a few mouth exercises you can try to help with teeth grinding. Follow these steps:
– Close your lips gently while preventing your top and bottom teeth from touching.
– Press your tongue against the roof of your mouth without touching your teeth.
– Continue holding this position for as long as your can.
Talk With Your Dentist
If you are experiencing bruxism and painful side effects and wish to talk to a professional, Sage Dental Care is happy to help! We are currently accepting new patients and are committed to finding the correct treatment for you. Contact us today to make an appointment.