Bruxism effects about 30,000,000 to 40,000,000 children and adults in the US, but most people aren’t even aware that they have this condition. Learn more about what this condition is and how to spot the signs and symptoms of it.
What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism is clenching or grinding of a persons teeth. Many people do this while they sleep, and this is called “nocturnal bruxism”. Others who experience this during the day time are thought to experience this condition due to stress or anxiety.
If you experience tight jaw muscles, damaged teeth, morning headaches, painful jaw joint, long lasting pain near your jaw or face, occasional swelling on your lower jaw, or if you are woken up by a grinding sound at night from your mouth, you may be experiencing the effects without even knowing it. Left untreated, it can lead to extreme tooth sensitivity, and TMJ – a disorder that can seriously damage your jaw.
How Can Bruxism Be Treated?
Treatment for it can come in one of two ways.
First and foremost, your dentist will ask about the amount of stress you encounter during the day. If your condition is onset by stress, your dentist may recommend professional counseling or biofeedback exercises to help you destress.
If it’s is related to the alignment of your teeth, your dentist may make a mouth guard or bite splint that fits your mouth & help prevent further damage to your teeth. Either way, going to your dentist first is a great starting place to fixing this issue!
Looking to speak to a professional about bruxism? Give DSA a call today at (602) 795-5995!