Treatment bruxism or teeth grinding
Bruxism is a condition where the person grinds, gnash or clench the teeth. The person unconsciously clenches the teeth together during the day or clenching and grinding during night or sleep bruxism.
Sleep bruxism is sleep-related movement disorder. People who clench or grind their teeth or brux during sleeping can have other sleep disorders like snoring which is temporary stopping of the breathing. Some people with bruxism can develop jaw disorders, headaches, severe damage of the teeth and other problems.
Symptoms of bruxism
- Teeth that are flattened, fractured, chipped and loose
- Grinding and clenching of teeth which are very loud
- There is an increased sensitivity of the teeth
- There is soreness of the jaw and face as well as pains that feels like an earache, but there is no actually problem with the ears.
- A worn tooth enamel like exposing the deeper layers of the tooth and jaw muscles are too tight
- Headaches that begins in the temples
- Some damages from chewing found on the inside of the cheek and an indentations on the tongue
- There is a need to seek a medical help when the teeth are worn, damaged or sensitive, there is pain the jaw, ear and face as well as problems in the grinding noise while sleeping and the jaw is locked or closed completely.
Causes of bruxism
- An abnormal alignment of the upper and the lower teeth or malocclusion
- Some emotions like anxiety, stress, anger, tensions and frustrations
- There is sleep problems like sleep apnea or an aggressive or hyperactive personality type.
- Some uncomfortable side effects of some psychiatric medicines such as phenothiazine or other antidepressants
- Stomach acid reflux into the esophagus.
- Reactions from pain caused by earache or teething in children
- Some complications caused from conditions like Huntington’s disease or Parkinson’s disease and a coping strategy or focusing habit
A severe bruxism can cause damage to the teeth, restorations, crowns or jaws and facial pains. Some disorders that occur in the temporomandibular joints found in front of the ears can also produce sounds like clicking when opening and closing of the mouth. In some severe cases of bruxism, it can cause tension-type headaches. If you want to learn more about this condition, read here.
Treatment and home remedies
- Minimize being stressed by listening to music, doing some exercises or taking a warm bath in order to help relax and reduce the risk of developing bruxism.
- Avoid drinking stimulating beverages like caffeinated coffee or caffeinated tea after eating dinner, and avoid drinking alcohol and smoking during the evening since they can worsen bruxism.
- Get a good night’s sleep which includes the treatment for some sleep problems that can help minimize bruxism.
- If the person has a sleeping partner, ask him/her to be aware of any clicking or grinding sound that the person might make while sleeping.
- Maintain regular dental check-ups.