Did you know that bruxism is one of the leading causes of dental damage among adults in the United States? Bruxism can damage your smile, and make your daily life more difficult. That is why our Glendale dentists are here with some information about how bruxism manifests, as well as tips on how to deal with chronic bruxism.
To quickly review: bruxism is a condition that is characterized by chronic dental grinding and clenching of the jaw. You may start to exhibit this behavior because you’re experiencing an increased amount of stress. Bruxism can also result from a poorly aligned bite. When your top and bottom teeth do not come together comfortably and naturally, your jaw will shift back and forth in an effort to find a comfortable resting spot; this is especially common for people who suffer from nighttime bruxism.
If you experience bruxism due to stress, you may benefit from stress-reduction measures, especially before you go to bed. If you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth during the day, take a moment to breathe deeply and try to relax your jaw.
Our dental team may also recommend that you wear a bruxism mouth guard at night. These mouth guards help to guide your jaw joints into comfortable positions, and they also serve a buffer between your teeth so as to protect your dental enamel.
Orthodontic treatment can also help to alleviate bruxism symptoms. By improving your bite alignment using orthodontics, our dental team can help your top and bottom teeth work in harmony. Our dentist can give you a better idea of what type of treatment solution is right for you when you come in for a consultation.