For all we know, the basics of taking care of our teeth is combined with brushing and flossing, avoiding hard foods, and staying away from lots of acid to keep tooth enamel strong. One of the biggest issues many of us have that we do not even notice is grinding. Teeth grinding can ruin your teeth, and lots of people do it in their sleep without knowing!
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is another common name for teeth grinding. Besides becoming extremely painful, if left untreated for too long it can lead to more serious issues. A few signs that can diagnose bruxism include headaches, waking up with chips in your teeth, or jaw pain. There is no immediate known cause for bruxism but things like anxiety and stress may increase your chances of suffering from this nighttime ailment. Certain medications that affect dopaminergic systems, or SSRIs, can also cause you to grind your teeth at night.
These subtle symptoms can become much more serious. Headaches can progress to more painful tension headaches and migraines, ringing, buzzing, or hissing in the ears, earaches and ear congestion, cracked teeth, sore jaw muscles, broken dental work, and worn down teeth. A lot of this damage can be permanent and require surgery in order to prevent tooth loss.
There are several things you can do to treat the symptoms and prevent it from worsening since there is no cure for bruxism. The first thing you will want to do is get fitted for a nighttime mouth guard that your dentist can make for you.This appliance fits securely in your mouth and will prevent any sort of tooth on tooth contact. This will also help you eliminate the risk of biting your tongue and the insides of your cheeks. There are also several medications you can try to alleviate grinding, but the mouth guard should be your primary method of prevention.
If you suffer from bruxism or would like more information, contact us at 203-612-5870 today.