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Here Are 8 Useful Tips On How You Can Relieve Bruxism

Jan 17 2019

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching, also known as bruxism, affects just about 30 million to 40 million people in the United States. Typically, bruxism occurs during sleep, but it has been known to occur during the day as well. The type of dental damage this excessive clenching and grinding causes is the same whether it occurs during the day or at night, and the difference between them lies in the time of day that people tend to experience the worst pain. For those who have sleep bruxism, they will experience the worst of their symptoms upon waking, and these symptoms will ease over the course of the day. People who experience awake bruxism will feel their symptoms most severely after they have been awake for a period of time.

What are the symptoms of bruxism? The most common symptoms are headaches and soreness in the jaw, but it is also known to cause swelling, facial pain, and popping or clicking noise at the jaw.

Whether you suffer from bruxism during the day or while you sleep, Dr. Sato has compiled a list of things you can start doing at home to ease the pain.

  • Alleviate stress. It is easier said than done, but stress is the number one cause of teeth grinding. By eliminating as much of it from your life as you can, it can have a positive impact on your oral health.
  • Make healthy food choices.
  • Along those lines, make sure that you are not drinking caffeine or alcohol before going to bed. These will aggravate and trigger bruxism.
  • Be mindful of yourself. If you notice that you are grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw during the day, relax and loosen your muscles.
  • Work on keeping a normal sleeping pattern.
  • Unwind with friends and family.
  • If you find yourself struggling to relax before bed, try different activities like reading a book or stretching.

Always remember that you can get in touch with your dentist if you are experiencing any problems. Dr. Sato and his team would be glad to help you if you believe that you are suffering from bruxism, or if you need to schedule a routine exam. We look forward to hearing from you.

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