What to do About Tooth Grinding

Though there are relatively simple techniques for curing nightly teeth grinding, it is estimated that at least 10% of Americans still suffer from it for various reasons.  It’s possible they don’t know the risks of teeth grinding.  It’s possible they just can’t find the solution to their teeth grinding problems.  It’s even possible they have no idea they’re doing it.

Fixing teeth grinding is crucial to your overall dental health.  If done for extended periods of time, teeth grinding can lead to cracked teeth, receding gums, a misaligned jaw, shoulder and neck pain, and even headaches.

Teeth grinding can be attributed to several different factors.  In some cases, people grind their teeth because they did it as a child and never outgrew the habit.  Other people may grind their teeth as some sort of stress induced tic.  For others still, teeth grinding may be a symptom of a larger, more deeply rooted psychiatric issue.

However, there is also support that teeth grinding may just be the result of poor muscle control or overeating before bed.  No matter the cause of teeth grinding, the important thing is to stop it as soon as possible to reduce the risk of bigger complications down the line.

After you’ve learned of your teeth grinding, it is in your best interest to take care of the issue immediately.  Luckily, there are a few simple measures from your Columbus dentists to take to ensure the health and longevity of your teeth.

 

  • To address the immediate concerns of teeth grinding, find and wear some kind of protective nightguard.  This will prevent your teeth from grinding against each other during the night.  However, there may still exist some underlying issues that a nightguard will not cure.
  • If teeth grinding is caused by a more deeply rooted psychological issue, it may be in your best interest to engage in some stress management techniques.  Your local dentist can provide you with tips and tricks to help alleviate these persistent problems.  By addressing the problem, you give yourself a better chance at permanently fixing the issue.
  • If your teeth grinding seems to be caused by some type of muscular issue, medications are available to help.  Getting a prescription for some type of muscle relaxer should contribute to curing any teeth grinding issues.

Trying one or all of these solutions may be the cure you and your teeth need.  Remember though, it is important to consult your Columbus, Ohio dentist before trying any of these measures.  If you have more questions about teeth grinding, give us a call!

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