Is your spouse often complaining about loud grinding noises coming from your teeth while you sleep? Maybe you wake frequently with tooth or jaw pain? You could be suffering from a condition known as bruxism, which causes grinding and clenching of the teeth during the early stages of sleep. In some cases, it can even occur unintentionally while awake. Although it may seem like nothing more than a nuisance, it can lead to dental complications and decrease your quality of life. To stop the grinding, your dentist has the solutions you need.
Often, grinding of the teeth involves moving the incisors and canines laterally over one another. Over time, the friction will wear away at the teeth, weakening the enamel. This increases your risk for tooth decay while also changing the shape of the teeth. In some cases, they can eventually crack or break from the pressure and strain. It is not uncommon for tenderness to develop while the teeth may even become loose if the condition is not treated.
Although anyone can develop the condition, it is often seen in those with high levels of stress or anxiety. Often, caffeine and nicotine can cause an increase in it as well.
To treat the issue, home remedies are often beneficial, such as stress-relieving exercises. Your dentist may also suggest the use of a mouthguard to help protect the teeth from damage.
With stress linked to increasing the symptoms, it is often recommended to try relaxation techniques, such as yoga, meditation, or listening to music. Many find it beneficial to try to reduce the reflexes of the jaw while trying to fall asleep. In some cases, a hot shower or drinking green tea before bed can help you relax. It is best to avoid caffeine and nicotine for at least a few hours before going to bed.
If home remedies are not enough, it may be time to visit your dentist for a nightguard. This is a custom-fit oral appliance that is worn at night while you sleep. It is similar to an athletic mouthguard; however, it helps to add a protective barrier between the top and bottom teeth to reduce friction. There are now several different styles and types to find the perfect one to meet your needs and your comfort level.
If bruxism is keeping you awake at night, it is time to contact your dentist for an effective solution. With a tailored treatment plan, you will stop the grinding while protecting your teeth from damage.
Dr. Richard J. Gochman completed his DDS degree in 1983 from Columbia University. In addition, he furthered his education to include many areas of specialty, including fixed orthodontics. Due to his experience and reputation, he remains an active member of various dental organizations. As a trusted dentist for high-quality care, he treats a wide range of needs, including bruxism. If you need an effective solution to stop the grinding, contact NY Smile Creators today to schedule an appointment.