Did you know that it could only take two short appointments to minimise teeth grinding? Teeth grinding – bruxism – is a very common ailment that affects both adults and children and can lead to some significant long-term dental issues. But it’s also something that is quite easy and painless to minimise the effects on your teeth.
Why do people grind their teeth?
Bruxism can be caused by any number of factors. One common cause is stress or anxiety, but equally often, it’s caused by other underlying conditions. People who have cracked, missing or crooked teeth often report bruxism, as do people who have an abnormal bite. Because Bruxism generally occurs during sleep, there are a number of sleeping disorders, such as sleep apnea, that might also be the root cause.
How do I know if I’m grinding my teeth?
Because Bruxism generally occurs through sleep, it’s not always obvious that you’re doing it – someone who witnesses you sleep might notice it, but otherwise, be on the look out for signs such as a sore jaw, or a constant headache when you wake up. If you notice these signs, then you should visit your dentist, who will inspect your jaw and teeth for signs of Bruxism.
What can I do about teeth grinding?
The two short appointments with your dentist are a good start. You will be fitted with a occlusal splint or night guard, which will help to protect your teeth from the damage caused by grinding.
Additionally, there are some lifestyle changes that you can make which can help to address the underlying causes of grinding:
- Cut back on both caffeine and alcohol – both of which can intensify the grinding while sleeping
- Avoid chewing too much – this includes chewing gum and non-food items (such as pens). The more your jaw is used to clench or in chewing actions, the more likely it is that you’ll experience Bruxism side effects and symptoms.
- Undertake actions to reduce stress – getting more exercise or other de-stressing techniques can reduce grinding at night.
Taking the first step to stop tooth grinding
A simple trip to your friendly dentists at Parra Dental will get the ball rolling on dealing with this issue. On your first appointment we will do some measurements and impressions and we will discuss with you the circumstances that might be causing the grinding, and then suggest a subsequent course of action. If agreed we will construct the occlusal splint for you with second appointment for getting fitted for the mouth guard,
For more information, or to book an appointment, call us on 96339835 to arrange a time.