Teeth grinding or bruxism, is a condition where individuals consciously or unconsciously grind or clench their teeth. Both adults and children of both genders may develop teeth grinding. luckily, there are several ways to treat bruxism before severe damage to the teeth and TMJ muscles are permanently impacted. While the phenomenon can happen during the daytime, especially when the individual is under stress and anxiety, grinding the teeth occurs with more regularity during periods of sleep.
For people who tend to grind their teeth during sleep, consulting your dentist is an excellent idea. The dentist can provide you with a dental night guard that will cushion the teeth and prevent the grinding action from resulting in damage to the enamel as well as chipping from the pressure created by the grinding action. While it is possible to purchase over the counter mouth guard equipment, the fit is not always perfect and may only serve to minimize the damage done to the teeth and jawbone. A custom made night guard designed to the exact specifications of the upper and lower plates of teeth will cost more, but in the long run is a much better option.
A Night Guard may be the answer.
Another way to deal with tooth grinding is professional counseling. Clenching and grinding the teeth is often a physical manifestation of stress and tension. Counseling can help to identify the origin of the stress and make it possible to find more constructive ways to manage tension at home, school, or in the workplace. As the coping skills of the individual improves, the tooth grinding will begin to subside.
Usually, taking medication is not recommended as a way to deal with teeth grinding. but, a physician may recommend taking some type of muscle relaxer or anti-anxiety medication before bedtime as one way to deal with the situation. This is especially true of the physician believes TMJ dysfunction, is present. This condition may develop as a direct result of grinding the teeth over an extended period of time. TMJ is often made manifest by the presence of jaw pain when chewing food, moving the jaw when speaking, and by headaches that are recurring and somewhat severe.
You have to treat teeth grinding as soon as possible to minimize any damage to your teeth and make it a lot easier to preserve overall dental health. Anyone who is currently experiences teeth grinding in sleep should consult a health care professional to determine the reasons behind the activity and to obtain effective treatment as soon as possible.
Teeth Grinding – What can I do about it?
written by Dr. Abdo, Dentist