Bruxism: Are You Experiencing It?
The term “bruxism” refers to tooth grinding and tooth clenching that many children and adults experience throughout their lifetime. Bruxism occurs when the teeth contact each other in a forceful fashion, this can be silent or cause a loud sound especially when sleeping.
Why Does it Occur?
Many medical and dental professionals may not always know the exact cause, but sleep bruxism can occur due to psychological stress that people may be dealing with during the week. Stress can be categorised in two ways — by internal and external factors.
Internal factors could be the foods you consume, your level of fitness, your emotional stability, overall health and well-being, and the amount of sleep you get each evening. External factors of psychological stress include the environment you are in each day, interaction with others, when you are at home and how you deal with challenges on a daily basis.
Bruxism’s Impact on the Mouth
There are several elements that can occur in the mouth when people are experiencing bruxism:
- Wearing away the tooth enamel and possibly the dentin
- Cracking or chipping teeth, bridgework or implants
- Tooth sensitivity can occur
- Teeth can become painful or loose
- Facial pain due to clenching of jaw muscles
- Overall facial fatigue
- Pain in the temporomandibular joint (jaw bone on either side of the mouth)
Treating the Problem
Most individuals suffering from bruxism should see a dental professional/specialist such as the Beacon Dental Clinic in Sandyford, Dulbin 18 to determine why they are experiencing this problem. The Beacon Dental Clinic may recommend that you wear a mouth guard or a night guard to cushion the clenching or tooth grinding during sleeping
In order to reduce stress so you can decrease the level of bruxism, you should consider avoiding foods such as chocolate and drinks that contain caffeine and alcohol. Avoid chewing forcefully and there are also exercises you can engage with to relax your jaw muscles during the day.
The Beacon Dental Clinic will be able to work with you to resolve your bruxism issue & find the cause and the solution to alleviate this problem.
Contact the Beacon Dental Clinic today
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