Before we start talking about solutions, let’s discuss the problem. Bruxism is a serious condition, which is more commonly known as grinding teeth.It’s estimated that one out of three people suffer from this, with roughly ten percent grinding their teeth so hard they were reduced to nubs.
Most people are unaware they are doing it because it’s mostly done while sleeping.If you wake up with a dull headache that lasts all day or a sore jaw, you may be grinding your teeth and not even know it. If you suspect you do, go to the dentist for an exam.
Take Preventative Measures
Chronic teeth grinding can lead to loosened teeth, loss of teeth or fracturing. These conditions create the need for implants, including bridges, crowns and root canals. Why go through corrective procedures when there are preventative measures you can take to protect your teeth from grinding?
A dentist can fit you with a mouth guard, a barrier between your teeth so they don’t touch, thus reducing the friction that grinding creates.
Healthy Habits Combat Grinding
There are so many reasons why people grind their teeth that there is officially no known cause. However, it’s been widely accepted that there are a few things you can do to help promote your health.
- Stress: attend counseling, exercise or visit a physical therapist to help relieve the stiffness stress causes.
- Food: watch what you eat. Avoid or reduce caffeine content, including soda, chocolate or coffee.
- Unnecessary chewing: stay away from gum, pencils, and basically anything that is not food. The constant clenching of the muscles makes it more likely you’ll be grinding your teeth at night.
- TMJ (a movement disorder of the jawbone and muscle) or sleep apnea. Both are very serious conditions that a dentist can help rectify.
The Consequences of Grinding
There are negative consequences for grinding your teeth, not only for your mouth. It affects your overall health as well. Sleep, which is vital for life, is disrupted. Lack of sleep can cause serious consequences, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, depression and anxiety.
Grinding your teeth cannot be taken lightly. If you or someone in your family suffers from Bruxism, visit the friendly staff at Village Park Family Dental and Orthodontics. You can schedule an appointment for your whole family by clicking here or call them at 281-653-8104.They can even see you the same day if you have an emergency.