All You Need To Know About Teeth Grinding Treatment

The cause of bruxism or teeth grinding is unique and distinct to every patient. Doctors and dentists diligently work to determine if physical, psychological, or genetic factors are at play when a person persistently grind their teeth, especially at night. 

Daytime clenching is usually triggered by stress, anxiety, nervousness, and too much concentration. While nighttime grinding is sometimes related to hyperactivity, sleep apnea, or acid reflux, and other medical conditions.

The adverse effect of teeth grinding is broken, fractured, loose, or chipped teeth. Another effect of teeth grinding is the thinning of teeth enamel that results in teeth sensitivity. When this happens, even a slight change in the weather can cause toothache coupled with a headache or ear pain.

It can also be the result of the side effects of certain medicine intake to suppress depression. Tobacco, caffeine-rich drinks, alcohol, and prohibited drugs can increase the risk of.

Treatments available

There are a variety of ways to prevent and treat the occurrence of in both children and adults. To find the best solution in suppressing , the cause and symptoms should be taken into account.

Breaking the habit

This process is also known as the habit-reversal technique. It is designed to break any habit that adversely affects a person physically, mentally, emotionally, and healthily. Although this technique is not based on scientific evidence, it is still worth trying.

When you are about to sleep, find a way to record your. The recording can help determine its severity and frequency. Recording your  activities can also be done in daytime clenching. Recording your  when you’re stressed or concentrating can be useful.

Look at it this way, if you are aware of this habit, it will be easier to break it. You can start by knowing when you clench or grind your teeth, and how you feel when you are grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw. This way, you can train yourself to hold back from clenching your jaw or gritting your teeth. You can start with deep breathing and relaxing your facial and jaw muscles to release the stress, and eventually prevent yourself from grinding your teeth.

In most cases, however, this technique is more effective with the help and guidance of a highly-trained therapist. Thus, it will be more helpful to seek the advice of a doctor or a bruxism specialist.

Treating oral healthcare problems

Keeping your dental health in check requires regular visits to the dentist. Having an oral check-up should not only be done when you have a toothache.

When you visit a dentist, dental problems such as misaligned, cracked, crooked, or loose teeth can be treated with reconstructive oral care treatment. Furthermore, if these are the effects, it can be given a timely solution when you visit a dentist.

If a dentist sees fit, he may recommend the use of a mouthguard, nightguard, or other occlusal appliance. This can help protect your teeth from, especially at night.

The use of mouthguards is another preventive measure to prevent. With constant use of these occlusal appliances, your jaw muscles can be trained to relax and eventually stop you from grinding your teeth.

Medical Treatment

Medicine is not a preventive treatment. However, medicines used for pain and swelling relief like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can help alleviate pain and discomfort.

Although taking muscle relaxants is not advisable, a licensed physician may prescribe such to help relieve the symptoms of sleep bruxism.

If is the side effect of taking antidepressants, your physician may prescribe a change of medication. Always remember, however, not to change medications without the recommendation of your doctor. Medical treatment requires vigilance and careful compliance.

Treating stress, anxiety, and other emotional breakdowns

In this modern world, stress and anxiety are inevitable, especially in this time of the pandemic. People have different ways of coping with stress and anxiety. Some tend to grind their teeth when they are in this state of emotional breakdowns.

If your is related to the stress and anxiety that you are experiencing, psychological enlightenment can be very helpful. You can also resort to home remedies like yoga, massage, reading, listening to music, a warm bath, and other relaxing means to free your mind from worries before you sleep.

When you are worry-free, you will have a restful and stress-free sleep. Thus, preventing it from happening.

Self-help prevention for bruxism

Focusing on your habits and how you can subtly refrain from them can increase the chances of preventing from happening or worsening. Vices like smoking, excessive alcohol intake, and taking recreational drugs may lead to bruxism. Whence, it is just right to slowly reduce the inclination to these habits.

If you are a heavy drinker of caffein-rich drinks, toning down on your coffee, tea or soda intake can help prevent bruxism. Vices or habits that lead should be reduced if not eliminated to help stop and jaw clenching, especially while sleeping.

The bruxism exercises

Bruxism exercises focus on both the cause and effect. Stiffness on the face and jaw is one of the causes of bruxism, however, when a person experiences jaw stiffness, he may tend to grind his teeth to free his face from the stiffness.

Here bruxism exercises that can help alleviate both the causes and effects of teeth grinding:

  1. Stretching exercises including opening and closing motion of the jaw, especially in the morning;
  2. Physical therapy such as a tailored treatment plan to eliminate bruxism;
  3. Meditation like slow breathing and focusing to create a sense of calmness, thus, avoiding;
  4. Awareness exercise that helps you determine your triggers of bruxism such as boredom, nervousness, and anger; and
  5. Facial massages include all facial as well as jaw and neck muscle massages.

“Getting out of bruxism is not about eliminating your lifestyle, but learning how to protect your body from excessive habits.”

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