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Why Bruxism is Such a Grind on Your Health

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Bruxism is another name for persistent and problematic teeth grinding. It can lead to serious problems with your teeth, jaw pain, headaches, and earaches. If you or your child is facing this issue, learn how to stop the struggle.

The Causes of Teeth Clenching

Bruxism often results from psychological factors, such as stress, anxiety, anger, or frustration. It can also be due to dental disorders like an improper bite, jaw problems, missing teeth, or poorly positioned teeth. For some people, it’s an unconscious habit or it only happens at night when they’re asleep. As a result, many people don’t know they have a problem until someone mentions it, they start experiencing headaches and earaches, or their dentists detects dental damage.

The Threat of Teeth Grinding

Severe teeth grinding can result in emotional distress, physical discomfort, and dental disorders. These are the most common:

  • Fractured teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Erosion of tooth enamel and bone
  • Jaw pain
  • Damage to jaw joints
  • Jaw joint disorders like temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ)
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Facial appearance changes

Ways to Relieve the Daily Grind

If teeth grinding is a concern for you, talk to your dentist and ask for a dental examination. If your bruxism is causing dental damage, you may be given a special dental appliance. If your problem is caused by other factors, you may need to see your primary doctor, a psychologist, or a sleep specialist for the appropriate treatment. Some of the most effective treatments include:

  • Getting a mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding at night.
  • Learning exercises that relax and reposition your jaw.
  • Practicing stress-management techniques.
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Talking to a psychologist.
  • Getting a prescription for muscle relaxants or antidepressants.
  • Relaxing your jaw muscles at night with special exercises.
  • Reducing your intake of caffeinated foods and beverages.
  • Avoiding alcohol since teeth grinding often worsens after alcohol consumption.
  • Staying away from chewing gum since it promotes teeth clenching and grinding.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Ocala, call Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road today at (352) 433-4934 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Ocala. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Advanced Dental Care of Shady Road.

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