In our last blog post, we discussed headaches, and what your dentist may be able to do to help you find relief for them. Headaches, a sore jaw, and tooth sensitivity can all be the results of bruxism.
Many people suffer from bruxism—or frequent grinding of your teeth—and it’s side effects. Bruxism comes in two main forms: sleep bruxism and aware bruxism. Dr. Florian in North Royalton defines both of these below.
Sleep bruxism - This occurs overnight, while you are sleeping. If you grind your teeth during the night, you may wake up with a sore jaw or headaches. You will notice that these symptoms subside as the day goes by.
Awake bruxism - This is the exact opposite of sleep bruxism, if you couldn’t guess. When you wake up, you will not notice any symptoms, but will find them starting to present themselves throughout the day.
If you are grinding your teeth, you are likely causing damage to your teeth. The damage caused by both are very similar; tooth sensitivity and discoloration from your enamel being worn away.
Below, we offer some ways to help reduce your grinding:
1. Managing your stress is extremely important. Stress is a huge cause of bruxism, so managing your stress may eliminate your problem. Ways to reduce stress include meditation, yoga, and listening to relaxing music.
2. Stick to a routine sleep schedule.
3. Remember to have fun, laugh, and enjoy good company.
4. Eat healthy.
5. Be conscientious about what you eat before you sleep. Both alcohol and caffeine can cause sleep bruxism.
6. Last, but not least, you may want to contact your dentist to schedule an appointment. Dentists utilize nightguards to relieve bruxism.
Want to schedule an appointment with a dentist in North Royalton, OH? Dr. Florian is always welcoming new patients, and wants to improve your oral health. We welcome new and existing patients to contact us today!