Sometimes the first time someone learns they have Bruxism (nocturnal teeth grinding) is from their mate as it occurs during sleep. Sufferers may have experienced this nighttime habit throughout their lives, however. Teeth grinding has many causes: an abnormal bite, crooked teeth, even anxiety or sleep apnea may be behind this malady. Grinding your teeth can have consequences as well: excessive tooth wear, fractured teeth, even tooth loss is possible. Another unfortunate side effect can be jaw malfunctions such as TMD/TMJ which can be very painful.
How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth:
- See your dentist. Your dentist can fit you with amouth guard to prevent damage to your teeth from grinding during sleep.
- If stress is likely the cause, consider attending stress counseling and start an exercise program.
- If sleep apnea is causing the grinding, attend a sleep study clinic to review your options.
- Avoid or reduce your caffeine intake. Limit colas, chocolate, and coffee.
- Avoid chewing gum as it allows your jaw muscles to get more used to clenching and makes you more likely to grind your teeth.
Always consult a dentist immediately about nighttime teeth grinding to diagnose and treat the condition properly. Don’t have dental insurance? EDP offers an affordable solution. When you enroll in EDP Dental Plan, you’ll be well prepared for those dental emergencies. EDP offers significant savings on both regular and specialty dental care. Call 631-272-5230 or choose a plan and sign up online.