The grinding and clenching of teeth while sleeping is a problem among many children and adults. It is called nocturnal bruxism and is an issue because it can cause severe damage to tooth enamel in some cases. If you have a problem with grinding your teeth at night, odds are you experience sore jaw and facial muscles, morning headaches, tooth sensitivity, and even indentations on your tongue.
Luckily, our dentist, Dr. Bradford Boyd, is here to help if you suffer from nocturnal bruxism. Here at AV Dental Wellness Group in Lancaster, California, we understand the discomfort and problems that nocturnal bruxism causes. There are a variety of ways in which teeth grinding can be remedied, and they can vary depending on the case.
Here are some things you can try to improve your bruxism:
– Let go of negative thoughts: Many are not aware that thoughts can affect teeth grinding. In fact, stress and anxiety are some of the major contributors to bruxism, so it is important to identify the stressful situations in your life and try to focus on things that bring you joy. Doing this might help calm the negative thoughts that recur around bedtime.
– Practice mindful awareness: Trying to recognize and be aware when you begin clenching your jaw is essential to controlling your bruxism. Consciously loosen and relax the muscles in your jaw and face.
– Consider a mouthguard: If you find that the above methods are not working for you, a mouthguard may be a suitable alternative for you. You can purchase them at a local drugstore, but it may also be custom made according to your needs.
We encourage you to call and schedule an appointment with us today at 661-942-1179 if you are having trouble getting your bruxism under control. If allowed to carry on too long, bruxism can cause considerable damage to your teeth and will have a significant impact on your oral health over time. Don’t wait until its too late. Our capable staff is here to help with all your oral health care needs.