Bruxism Treatment You Can Begin at Home
When you come to the dentist, you might think that all we are worried about is the amount of plaque on your teeth and cavities we can find, but that’s not the case. We are concerned with every aspect of your mouth and teeth, including what is happening when you aren’t thinking. That’s right. You might be doing damage to your teeth while you are asleep, working, or exercising. The damage comes when you grind and clench your teeth together or known as Bruxism. Teeth might break, wear away, or lead to injury for your TMJ (the joint that moves your lower jaw). Luckily there are things you can do to correct the issue.
Relaxation Methods – Bruxism happens when the muscles of your jaw and face tense due to stress, anxiety, or habit. Begin to break the cycle by intentionally keeping your tongue between your teeth throughout the day. This forces the jaw to relax. You might also try deep breathing, cutting back caffeine, or warm compresses along your jaw to help your muscles relax before bed.
Night Guard – When regular methods aren’t working, we might turn to a night guard. A night guard is an oral appliance that you wear while you sleep. It provides a protective layer so that even if you grind your teeth while you sleep, there will be no damage to your teeth or TMJ. While a night guard can help, it is not generally a long-term solution for long-term bruxism issues.
Orthodontic Care – Often bruxism is brought on by misalignment or crooked teeth. These issues are long-term issues that need to be adjusted with more thorough care. In those cases, we recommend orthodontic care. Through the use of orthodontics, we can help your teeth get back into the proper position so that you can rest without worrying about damaging your teeth!
There are many things to consider in regards to bruxism and the treatments that go along with it. Each case is different, so it is important that you come in to see us soon if you suspect that you are grinding your teeth. You might notice a soreness around your jaw the following morning or have regular headaches. Contact us today to set up an appointment or consultation. We would love to hear from you soon to help you have a healthier smile!