Bruxism is an oral condition caused by grinding or gnashing your teeth. It can cause oral health issues and other medical conditions as well. Read on for causes of bruxism and the oral and medical conditions that may be caused by this condition, as well as what can be done about it.
Bruxism: What Is It And What Causes It
Bruxism can be caused by stress or anxiety in your daily life, or from chewing on non-food items. You may clench your teeth without realizing you're doing it. Some people clench their teeth during the day, while other people may do so when they're sleeping, which is why you may not realize you're doing it.
Bruxism may lead to your teeth being ground down, so much that you may wind up with cavities or rotting teeth. You may also notice a clicking noise or your jaw locking when you talk, laugh or chew your food, as well as pain in your jaw.
Other health issues that may result from bruxism includes headaches, soreness in the face, neck or upper shoulders.
How Bruxism Is Treated?
Bruxism can be treated by doing something to alleviate the stresses or anxieties in your life. Exercise can help ease stress, as can doing yoga or playing a sport. A favorite hobby may also ease stress.
Leaving caffeine out of your diet can also help treat bruxism. Caffeine found in coffee, tea, chocolate and soda should all be kept out of your diet. If you need some caffeine, try to limit the amount you usually consume and don't have any caffeine in the late afternoon to help with sleep.
Break bad chewing habits such as chewing on pencils, pen caps and fingernails.
Use a mouth guard throughout the day if possible if you gnash your teeth during the day, and wear it at night to prevent grinding while sleeping. You can talk to your dentist about having a mouth guard fitted for your teeth, otherwise you can purchase one from your local pharmacy. Make sure you clean the mouth guard daily to prevent a buildup of fungus and bacteria.
Bruxism can be a painful condition that can lead to oral health issues and other medical issues as well. Talk to your dentist for treatment options if you notice a difference in the shape of your teeth, wake up with constant headaches, hear a clicking noise when you chew or talk, or have pain in your jaw constantly.
For more information, contact a professional like Dr. Peggy Alvarez-Penabad.