Teeth grinding is a habit many don’t notice until they experience facial pain or prematurely worn down teeth. Also known as bruxism, it affects people of all ages. If left untreated, bruxism causes a range of dental problems, and leads to poor quality of sleep. The sooner bruxism is treated, the better! Therefore, the Placerville Dental Group has these suggestions to reduce the effect of teeth grinding.
Take measures to reduce stress and clenching. Most teeth grinding is due to stress, even during sleep! While it’s easier said than done to reduce stress, take time to think about what causes stress in your life and how to change your habits or routine to reduce it.
Relax More Often
Many patients with bruxism find it helpful to place a damp, warm washcloth on their cheeks, right in front of the earlobes, just before bedtime. This relaxes cheek muscles to reduce or prevent grinding.
Correct Misaligned Teeth
Misaligned teeth create an abnormal bite. That can lead to grinding and clenching the teeth. If you have misaligned teeth and wake up with jaw or neck pain, contact our Placerville dentists for a consultation to correct it.
Wear a Mouthguard
Using a mouthguard at night is a simple and effective way to reduce the effects of bruxism immediately. A custom mouthguard from the Placerville Dental Group saves tooth enamel and money, because it prevents repairs for cracked and worn down teeth. For more information on mouthguards or nightguards, check our other articles on this site.
Our Placerville dentists consult with patients to select the best choice when it comes to correcting bruxism. Simple steps can resolve the problem. Don’t allow teeth grinding and clenching to disrupt your sleep and cause pain. Contact us today for a free consultation.