Bruxism can be a major problem for many of our patients, particularly if they happen to be under extreme stress. You may know this condition better as teeth grinding which can eventually lead to a constant headache or a sore jaw that doesn’t let up. Many people are unaware that they even have this condition because it frequently occurs in their sleep. While the symptoms may be uncomfortable, not everyone needs dental intervention to correct their problem. Patients can often benefit from simple modifications that don’t require intensive treatments.
If you’re ready to learn how to treat your bruxism, this simple guide will give you a few ideas on easy changes you can make.
Your dentist is likely to recommend that you start wearing a mouth guard while you sleep to prevent your bruxism from causing permanent damage to your teeth. These devices are made of hard plastic and fit over both sets of teeth. They are designed to keep space between your teeth to prevent the grinding from wearing down the enamel and causing painful issues in the months or years to come.
Many people find that they grind their teeth as a direct result of their stress or anxiety. Dentists often recommend that their patients find soothing activities that calm them, particularly if it is close to bedtime. Trying mindfulness exercises, deep breathing, or meditation can all be helpful interventions that deal with the direct cause of your bruxism.
One way to keep yourself from clenching or grinding the teeth is to massage the jaw more often. Pay special attention to the trigger points that open and shut your jaw. Spend this time caring for your facial muscles, the neck muscles around the jaw, and the jaw itself. This can help your face to relax and makes you less likely to grind your teeth in the middle of the night. A massage therapist might be more helpful to you in this situation if you find that you have large knots and other issues with your jaw. Acupuncture treatments can also be helpful to relieve the inflammation, pain and tension commonly associated with bruxism.
Stretching exercises and other movements can significantly reduce the symptoms of bruxism that you experience. Your dentist may be able to show you some of these to help keep your jaw in proper alignment. However, other people find that it is helpful for them to see a physical therapist to get started on this type of treatment. A physical therapist can create an individualized plan specifically to target your teeth grinding.
These are a few of the minor things you can do on your own at home to alleviate the symptoms you are experiencing from bruxism. If your issue is more severe, you may need to consider seeing a specialist who can help repair the damage to your teeth. Your local Winnipeg dentist can help you to come up with a unique and personal treatment plan to get your bruxism and teeth grinding under control. Be sure to contact Markham Dental Centre today for help with your teeth grinding!