7 Possible Ways To Stop Tooth Grinding
- Posted on: May 15 2014
Involuntary tooth grinding or bruxism, particularly at night, is a common occurrence for most of our first-time visitors here at our Wheeling dental practice. Every so often, the affected individuals themselves are not aware of the problem until a partner comments or complaints about their tooth grinding habit while asleep.
Apart from the annoying sound it emits, bruxism can result to a host of problems such as toothache, headache, jaw pain, and migraines. By and large, tooth grinding can be remedied through the following:
1. Limit or quit smoking. In addition, you might want to reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake as it has been shown that these stimulants can aggravate tooth grinding.
2. Engage in relaxation activities such as taking a walk, reading a book, or engaging in meditation. Stress has also been found out to contribute significantly to bruxism.
3. Muscle relaxants may be prescribed for severe cases. Take these medications as prescribed.
4. Consider using an appliance that you can wear at night to reduce grinding. Excellent examples include a night guard, occlusal splint, a mouth guard, and a nocturnal plate.
5. Jaw exercises may also be done to strengthen the muscles and reduce the symptoms.
6. Tooth grinding caused by certain dental problems may require you to have the dental problem corrected or remedied via onlays, crowns, implants, or braces.
7. Severe pain may be relieved through the use of heat packs applied to the area.
Do not wait for serious oral health problems to result from your tooth grinding habits. We encourage you to get in touch with us for an initial consultation! Call us at 304-845-2480 or you can also opt to fill out this contact form.