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Do You Grind Your Teeth While You Sleep?
Posted:Mar 22, 2019
Here is a guide to treating teeth grinding, from the dentists at the Southern York Smile Care in Shrewsbury PA.
Most teeth grinding will occur while sleeping. Consistent teeth grinding might be suspected with a sore jaw and dull headache in the mornings. Anxiety or stress are not the only reasons grinding may appear. It can also be related to an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth.
Bruxism is a medical term used for grinding teeth. Bruxism can be diagnosed through an oral examination of jaw tenderness and abnormalities in the teeth. Discuss a possible nightguard for teeth grinding.
When tooth grinding occurs, the concern is oral damage and pain. Here at Southern York Smile Care we support oral health in many ways. Here are three things that may help:
Control caffeine or alcohol intake as these may increase tooth grinding.
Avoid gum and prohibit pen or pencil chewing. This benefits the jaw as it keeps the jaw from clenching repeatedly.
Allow the jaw to relax; sometimes just setting your tongue between your teeth will help your jaw relax.
At Southern York Smile Cares in Shrewsbury, we are committed to healthy, happy patients. A beautiful, confident smile allows full, honest interaction with others. Don’t live with pain. Our services include restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.