Ask Your Dentist About Bruxism
You have always taken your oral care seriously. Flossing at least twice a day, as well as brushing. Not to mention the frequent visits to the dentist for regular cleanings. You love your teeth, and take care of them as such. But there’s an aspect to your oral health that you have less control over, and that’s Bruxism. In our last blog, we talked about how anxiety and stress, bad diet, and a misaligned jaw or missing teeth can cause you to grind your teeth. Now the question you pose is what can be done to help fix it? Fortunately, there are many things you can do to combat this issue.
- First and foremost is to get a mouthpiece. While it may not completely solve the problem, it can help to protect your teeth from the tough grinding you’re experiencing all night.
- Use ice and heat to remedy the pain and soreness from grinding your teeth throughout the night.
- Learn relaxation techniques. Because stress is the leading cause of Bruxism; it would be helpful to practice meditation or yoga to help combat that stress.
- Avoid chewy foods like steak and chewing gum.
- Work on improving your posture. Bad posture is known to also have an effect on your jaw and Bruxism.
- Stay hydrated, muscles tend to cramp up when they’re deprived of water. Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day.
If you have yet to visit your local dental care clinic, be sure to get an appointment, so you and your dentist can diagnose the issue and start treatment today. It’s important to keep your teeth happy, and because you work so diligently to keep them that way, you can’t ignore issues with your jaw.