How To Stop Grinding Your Teeth
Teeth grinding, medically known as “Bruxism,” is the grinding or clenching of the teeth, which usually involves an unpleasant noise. It also creates unpleasant side effects that cause many people to experience pain and discomfort. Grinding the teeth is quite a common problem, and many people do it without even realizing it. Stress, problems sleeping, misalignment of the teeth, and sleep apnea are all common causes of bruxism. When grinding of the teeth is done during sleep, it is called sleep bruxism. It is important to understand the consequences of grinding your teeth and how it can impact your oral health so that you get the help that you need.
Within your cheeks is found one of the strongest muscles in the entire body: the masseter. This is the muscle that is used for chewing, and it can exert up to 600 pounds of pressure per square inch on the back teeth inside your mouth. This strong muscle is necessary, yet when the muscle is continually exerted, putting that amount of pressure on your jaw, it can cause major issues with your oral health. Harmful effects of teeth grinding include:
- ● Loosening of the teeth from the gums
- ● Wearing away tooth enamel
- ● Fracturing teeth
- ● Losing teeth
- ● Constant tooth pain
- ● Receding gums
- ● Aching jaws
- ● Frequent, recurring headaches
- ● The development of jaw joint disorders (e.g. TMJ)
Teeth grinding is a serious concern that cannot be ignored. If you are aware of your teeth grinding or you have symptoms that relate to teeth grinding, contact Georgia Dental Sleep Disorders today. Treatments for how to stop grinding your teeth include physical therapy, specific jaw exercises, muscle relaxants, customized mouth guard, avoiding alcohol, avoiding caffeine, and limiting stress.
At Georgia Dental Sleep Disorders, Dr. Mitul Patel has the expertise to help with your teeth grinding issues. Contact us today to regain optimal oral health.
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