Let’s Talk About Teeth Grinding
- September 17, 2016
Hello and welcome to another September edition of the Gentle Dental Care blog!
Some of our patients aren’t getting much rest these days, and others are struggling to make it through the day because of certain oral health issues that have set in.
Maybe you can relate. A big culprit behind these problems is teeth grinding.
Teeth grinding has become a big deal, and it is an increasingly common issue that we treat here in our Central Connecticut dentist’s office.
As such, today we want to talk about a few things you should know about teeth grinding and the related TMJ troubles that can arise. Keep reading and then be sure to get in touch with our team to schedule your next appointment in Plainville!
Bruxism Is The Proper Term
If you grind or clench your teeth together, this is technically known as bruxism.
Grinding Your Teeth Can Happen Subconsciously
We have found that many people who grind their teeth do so in their sleep, and don’t even realize it!
Teeth clenching and grinding may actually be a response to stress or anxiety. This can be an unconscious response, even when you are awake.
Bruxism Can Lead To TMJ Troubles
The temporomandibular joint allows you to open and close your mouth to speak, to bite into things, and to chew.
When you grind your teeth together, you are putting added pressure on this joint, which can cause bigger problems for you.
Pain Is Part Of A TMJ Disorder
Get this: headaches, earaches, facial pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain all can be the result of grinding your teeth.
You Need To Take Steps On Your Own
If your pain persists after you have tried eating softer foods, icing your jaw, and avoiding big jaw movements, then you should seek professional help.
Visit The Dentist For Help
Dentists are experts on your mouth, and they can identify, diagnose, and treat TMJ problems. This is one of our specialties at Gentle Dental Care.
Exercise, and relaxation techniques may help you cope with the stress that contributed to your teeth grinding.
Changing Your Lifestyle
For some folks, alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco use can affect the frequency of their teeth grinding. Using less of these substances may ease your TMJ symptoms as well.
A Mouthguard Is Your Best Bet
At our Plainville, CT dentist’s office we can create a custom-fitted mouthguard that you can wear overnight. This will prevent you from grinding your teeth in your sleep and help you find some relief.
It’s OK To Ask Questions
If you have any questions, please call us ASAP or come by our office to talk to us in-person.
Together, we can find the solution that will work for you.
We Are Ready When You Are
Have you been inspired to end the headaches? The first step in finding out how to stop grinding your teeth is calling Gentle Dental Care at 860-479-2397 or by contacting us online. Dr. Peltzer will have you smiling again in no time!