Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) St. Cloud, FL
If you wake up in the morning with unexplained jaw, neck, or head pain, you might be grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep. Not only is this condition, called bruxism, painful, but it can deprive you of restful sleep during the night, and it can damage your teeth. This condition is a fairly common one, but thankfully it is fairly easy to treat.
Don’t put off seeing the dentist if you suspect you might be grinding your teeth. Seeking treatment early can help prevent permanent damage to your teeth as well as ensure you can get a good night’s sleep. Call Dr. Yang Hua of Modern Dentistry of St. Cloud to find out if you are suffering from bruxism.
Causes and Effects of Bruxism
For most people, stress and anxiety are the underlying reasons for teeth grinding and clenching. Those who do this during the day often are aware of the habit and can try to stop. But over time, the grinding and clenching become a habit that starts being automatic during the night, so it’s tough to stop on your own.
Patients who grind their teeth at night often suffer from the following symptoms:
- Sore jaw muscles
- Aching teeth
- Dull headache upon awakening
- Restless sleep
- Worn down teeth
Long-term effects of bruxism include severe jaw pain, loss of hearing, and damaged teeth that might need expensive repairs such as crowns, bridges, and implants. Teeth grinders might also have trouble opening and closing their jaw all the way.
A Custom Mouthguard
If you are unaware of your teeth grinding, your dentist will spot the signs at your routine examination. These include excessive wear on the teeth (especially the back molars).
Because the bruxism habit is a hard one to break once it has become the norm for people, a mouthguard can be a godsend. A custom mouthguard is an oral appliance that is made of plastic. It is worn at night to prevent the teeth from clenching together. A mouthguard will protect your teeth from becoming worn, and it should alleviate the pain you might feel during the day.
Although a mouthguard is a good start when it comes to fighting the effects of bruxism, sufferers might also want to do what they can to reduce the stress in their lives since that is a trigger for many teeth grinders. Regular exercise can help lower stress levels and lessen bruxism. Cutting back on stimulants such as tobacco and caffeine can also help.
Call Modern Dentistry of St. Cloud for More Information
If you think you or a family member might be suffering from bruxism, the sooner treatment begins, the less chance there is for permanent damage that impacts your oral health. Give us a call today to make an appointment for an examination.