Dental Care Tips: Preventing Bruxism
These simple dental care tips for preventing bruxism can help save you a lot of pain and discomfort down the line.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the grinding, gnashing, or clenching of teeth that most commonly occurs when you are asleep. Since bruxism causes consistent pressure to be applied on your teeth, it can cause a great deal of damage, wearing down teeth until they chip, break, or are completely lost. Teeth grinding can often be caused by anything from high stress levels to an abnormal bite or crooked teeth.
Tips for Preventing Bruxism
Some simple tips for preventing bruxism include:
1. Reduce Stress
While there are several methods that can be used to reduce stress, such as exercise, relaxation techniques, therapy, and medications, not all stress reducing methods work the same for everyone. If you are grinding your teeth due to being stressed, consider talking to your doctor about the right stress reduction methods for you.
2. Limit Caffeine and Alcohol
Stimulants, such as caffeine and alcohol, as well as depressants have been linked to several sleep disorders. Consider limiting the amount of caffeine and alcohol entering your system from preventing bruxism from becoming a habit.
3. Ease the Tension
Try easing the tension in your jaw before going to bed by placing a warm washcloth over your jaw joints. The heats from the washcloth can help soothe and relax your muscles. If you find that this is not working well enough, consider massaging your jaw or using aromatherapy to help you relax and sleep.
4. Control Your Diet
Since vitamin deficiency can contribute to muscle spasms, affecting motor activity, a diet rich in pantothenic acid and calcium may help prevent bruxism from occurring. You can also try to avoid chewing on hard objects or gum, as constant chewing is habit-forming and can lead to teeth grinding.
5. Get a Dental Checkup
If you think that you are having problems with bruxism, you should visit your dentist to check the alignment of your teeth and to ensure that your dental appliances are fitted properly. Ill-fitting dental crowns or dental bridges can also cause unnecessary stress on your jawbone. In some cases, your dentist may recommend that you be fitted for a night guard.
If you would like to learn more dental care tips for preventing bruxism, or if you are interested in one of our dental services in Langley (general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and pediatric dentistry), please contact JVR Dental at 604-371-3188 or by filling out a contact form on our website.