If you regularly experience a headache or jaw soreness when you get up in the morning, you might want to make an appointment with us so that we may evaluate you for a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism is the medical term for grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw. Most of the time it is done unconsciously at night when you are asleep, and can be extremely detrimental to your teeth.
One way that we can treat it is with a night guard. Night guards alleviate the damaging effects of bruxism by cushioning the teeth. There are inexpensive “boil and bite” mouthguards that you can find at any pharmacy or sporting goods store, but many dentists are able to provide you with a custom-made night guard to fit your particular mouth and teeth.
Other issues may be at play with bruxism, and you would be wise to also explore what they may be and how they are contributing to the dilemma. While a night guard will prevent the surfaces of your teeth from grinding together, causing you to chip and crack your teeth and strain your jaw muscles, there may be other things you can do to eradicate the condition altogether.
Medication Identification – You may be taking medication or supplements that contain stimulants. Discuss with your dentist the medications you are taking. Some anti-depressants can cause the problem.
Stress Reduction – Sometimes bruxism is created by anxiety. In these instances, you may want to try practicing relaxation techniques, meditation, an exercise routine, or professional counseling to find ways to relax.
Diet Change – Avoid common dietary stimulants like coffee, tea, energy drinks, and anything with a lot of caffeine.
Problematic Teeth Alignment – Some forms of malocclusions (bad bite) can contribute to bruxism. We can remedy this form with teeth straightening and re-alignment.
If you would like more information about bruxism, call Dr. Shahdad Arami and our helpful team at Northridge Dental Group. Phone: 818-886-6100. Make an appointment or come by our office in Northridge, California.