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I Find Myself Clenching And Grinding - How Can I Stop This Behavior?

Posted on 4/24/2023 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
I Find Myself Clenching And Grinding - How Can I Stop This Behavior?Grinding your teeth is a dental problem that most patients don't know they have until they are told by their partners or accidentally wake up from their sleep and find themselves doing it. It is also referred to as bruxism. It can happen anytime even during the day while asleep.

Signs and Symptoms of Bruxism

As said, you may not even know you have bruxism and its signs and symptoms may vary from one patient to another. Abraded teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, and pain in the face are potential signs. Again, dislocation of the jaw and headaches may manifest in people who grind.

What Causes of Bruxism?

According to professionals, bruxism can be a result of too much stress and some personality type. You are more susceptible if you have nervous tension like pain, anger, or frustration. It is also more common among people with hurried, aggressive, or overly competitive tendencies.

Experts also point out that people with an imbalance in brain neurotransmitters are also likely to be affected by bruxism. You might also be experiencing bruxism if you are under some medications like antidepressants.

Can Bruxism be Successfully Treated?

Yes, bruxism can be successfully treated using behavior changes. When you visit us we may teach you the right way to rest your tongue, teeth, and lips. Resting the tongue upwards could also relieve the discomfort on your jaws and keep the teeth apart and lips closed.

Mouthguards, on the other hand, could help with your condition. A dentist can fit you with a plastic mouthguard to wear when sleeping. This absorbs the force of biting together your teeth. You can also use it during the daytime if you can't help grinding your teeth while awake. Besides the mouthguard helping you stop the behavior, it prevents future teeth damage.

Get ready to start your anti-bruxism journey by talking to us today and we will share valuable information to kickstart your recovery path.

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