How to Stop Teeth Grinding
Bruxism, better known as teeth grinding affects about 8% of adults according to the National Sleep Foundation. Teeth grinding often occurs while we sleep and can be brought on by a number of different factors. Stress, anxiety, tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine are just a few known factors that can contribute to teeth grinding. Signs that you grind your teeth are jaw soreness, headaches and loose or fractured teeth. Though there is no pill to take that can cure teeth grinding, there are a few methods that can help you stop grinding your teeth or reduce damage from teeth grinding.
A mouth guard is one of the most common ways to combat teeth grinding. By visiting your dentist, they can fit you with a mouth guard that is comfortable for you to wear while you sleep. In some cases, a dentist may take it a step further and recommend a muscle relaxant.
Often, stress is a leading cause of teeth grinding. If this is the case, it may be helpful to try meditation, yoga or exercise and even consider therapy. Life gets stressful and it is completely normal to experiment with which activity is best to help you relieve your stress.
Bruxism in Children
Teeth grinding is very common in children and it is usually nothing to worry about. A child’s teeth and jaw are rapidly growing and changing so the occasional teeth grinding shouldn’t be causing any serious damage. As your child gets older and you notice their habit hasn’t been outgrown, talk with their dentist. Teeth grinding in children and adolescents can point to misaligned teeth, irritation in the mouth and even allergies that may be undiagnosed.
To schedule your dental appointment, contact local Newburgh, NY dentist Dr. Michael Koumas.
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