Ever find yourself reaching for the pain meds such as Advil or Tylenol due to clenching your teeth? Clenching your teeth can have a variety of effects on your dental health. It can lead to the flattening of the surfaces of your teeth, TMJ disorder, cracked or fractured teeth, ear aches, shoulder pain, jaw pain, headaches or in severe cases, migraines.
While you might grind and clench your teeth while sleeping, it is possible to do so while awake, too. In some cases, you might grind your teeth subconsciously. Luckily, in most instances, it can be pretty easy to take control of this issue.
Relieve Your Stress Levels
At Treasure Valley Family Dentistry we understand that life in general can cause stress! In some cases, this is what causes you to grind your teeth. Even worse, you might not know that you are stressed. If you think that the cause of your issues is stress, look for ways to relieve it. For instance, you can rely on healthy approaches such as massage, meditation, exercise, acupuncture, and even self-hypnosis to give the peace you need. There are many free apps available to help you manage your stress levels. Some examples are; Breethe and FitOn.
Also, try getting enough sleep. It can help your body process stress more effectively. The most effective way for dealing with the stress, however, is to eliminate the issue leading to it completely.
Wear A Mouth Guard to Protect Your Teeth
If you tend to grind your teeth at night, let our Meridian office know and we can help create a mouthguard for you. This will also apply to situations where you grind your teeth subconsciously while awake. The mouthguard will protect your teeth from the effects of grinding and preserve the shape of your teeth.
Grinding your teeth is dangerous and can do a lot of damage if it is not stopped early on. By contacting us, we can take the time to look over your mouth, figure out an effective treatment plan, and correct any dental problems that may exist due to these habits. For more information or to set an appointment, call or stop by our office.
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