There are many dental concerns that can trigger other problems. One of these concerns is bruxism. Bruxism is another word for teeth grinding, and if left untreated, bruxism can cause serious damage in your mouth by damaging your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or causing damage to your teeth. There are three great ways to help prevent bruxism damage, and we have those listed below.
Relaxation Techniques – Stress can be a huge contributing factor to bruxism. Sometimes practicing relaxation techniques throughout the day and before bed can relax your muscles and prevent the impulse to grind your teeth.
Nightguards – A temporary solution to protect your teeth are nightguards. We custom-make these here in the office to perfectly fit your teeth. The soft plastic allows your teeth to clench and grind without allowing damage to your teeth.
Orthodontic Work – Another common contributing factor to bruxism is misalignment or the need for orthodontic work. Sometimes it can be fixed with braces, but in more serious cases, we might need to send a patient to a specialist for more advanced orthodontic care.
Bruxism is definitely something that you should work to end. Don’t wait until your teeth become damaged. Contact us today to learn more about bruxism and what might be causing it in your mouth. We’d love to help you have a happier, healthier smile!