Teeth Grinding: What You Need to Know

Do you frequently wake up with a headache or a sore jaw? Do your teeth feel sensitive or worn down? You may be experiencing bruxism, which is the medical term for teeth grinding or clenching. Bruxism is a common dental condition that affects many people, and it can cause serious damage to your teeth and overall oral health. Here's what you need to know about teeth grinding and how Bayberry Dental can help.

What Causes Teeth Grinding?

Teeth grinding can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress and anxiety, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or crooked teeth, and certain medications. In some cases, the cause may be unknown. Grinding or clenching your teeth can also be a subconscious habit, and you may not even be aware that you are doing it.

Symptoms of Teeth Grinding

If you have bruxism, you may experience symptoms such as:

  • Headaches or earaches
  • Jaw pain or soreness
  • Teeth sensitivity or pain
  • Tired or tight jaw muscles
  • Worn, chipped, or cracked teeth
  • Gum recession or loose teeth
  • Sleep disruptions

How Can Bayberry Dental Help?

At Bayberry Dental, we can help you manage your teeth grinding and protect your teeth from further damage. During a dental exam, we will check for signs of bruxism and assess any damage to your teeth. We may also recommend a custom mouthguard or splint to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching. Additionally, we can provide tips for stress reduction and relaxation techniques to help prevent bruxism.

Preventing Teeth Grinding

There are several things you can do at home to help prevent teeth grinding, such as:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Get enough sleep
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Avoid chewing on pencils, fingernails, or other objects
  • Practice relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or yoga
  • Wear a custom mouthguard or splint while sleeping

If you suspect that you may be grinding your teeth, it's important to seek professional dental care. Bayberry Dental in Tinley Park is here to help you protect your teeth and maintain optimal oral health. Call us at 708-802-8300 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.

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