Bruxism, more commonly known as teeth grinding, often occurs during sleep. This is called sleep or nocturnal bruxism. People may also grind their teeth or clench their jaws subconsciously while awake, this is known as awake bruxism.
If you grind your teeth, there are a few remedies that can help you stop. Some may work better than others, depending on the underlying cause of your teeth grinding and symptoms. However, it is important to talk to your dentist or doctor to find out which option may work best for you.
Here are some possible remedies that can help with teeth grinding:
Splints and Mouth Guards
Splits and mouth guards are specially designed to keep teeth separated to avoid the damage caused by teeth grinding. If you suffer from chronic bruxism, custom-made mouth guards can help protect your teeth from harm. Mouth guards can be made from hard acrylic, or soft materials, and fit over your upper and lower teeth.
In more severe cases, when tooth wear from bruxism has led to sensitivity, or the inability to chew properly, your dentist may need to reshape or level the biting surface of your teeth or use dental crowns to repair the damage.
Stress or Anxiety Management
To prevent continuous teeth griding that is due to stress, you may be able to learn strategies that promote relaxation, such as mediation, yoga, and exercise. Stress reduction methods can also benefit your overall health, thus being a low-risk remedy.
Biofeedback is a technique designed to support people in becoming aware of and eliminating a habit. It can be used to improve both sleep and awake bruxism. This method will teach you how to control your jaw muscle movements through visual, vibratory, or auditory feedback generated from electromyography.
If you suffer from teeth grinding, contact your trusted local Annandale Dentist, Soothing Care Dental. At Soothing Care Dental our experts will evaluate your dental outlook and provide a solution to teeth grinding that perfectly suits you. Call us today to book a consultation.