Have you ever found yourself clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth due to stress? If it happens every once in a while, the intermittent actions don’t usually cause harm. Damage does occur, however, when bruxism or teeth grinding is done on a regular basis. But there’s help!
Teeth grinding can be caused by stress, sleep apnea, or by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth. Being that grinding often takes place during sleep, often people are unaware that they are doing it. If you find yourself with a dull, constant headache or sore jaw, this may be a symptom of bruxism.
Here are a few things our dentists suggest to help you stop grinding your teeth.
- Dr. Maryam Brazdo may fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding during sleep.
- When stress is the cause of bruxism, consider attending stress counseling or starting an exercise program.
- Avoid drinks that contain caffeine such as sodas, chocolate, and coffee.
- Relax your jaw muscles at night by holding a warm washcloth against your cheek in front of your earlobe.
If you think you may be grinding your teeth, be sure to contact us. Dr. Brazdo can examine your mouth and jaw for signs of bruxism.