When your dentist talks about bruxism, they are referring to teeth grinding. Sleep bruxism is when you grind your teeth when you sleep. Most people with sleep bruxism are unaware of their condition. Your Irvine, California dentist can often tell that grinding occurs by seeing the results on your teeth. At Tooth Love, we offer bruxism treatment to help prevent teeth grinding from damaging your teeth.
Although anyone can have sleep bruxism, it’s more common among children, teens, and young adults. The “grinder” is often unaware of this habit. Others sleeping in the same room, such as siblings or a spouse, may notice the symptoms. Dr. Joanna Jefferson can diagnose this condition by the effect teeth grinding has on your teeth. Some common signs of sleep bruxism are:
If you suspect you may have sleep bruxism, contact Tooth Love for a checkup so we can recommend a bruxism treatment option to protect your teeth.
Fortunately, there are treatment options for sleep bruxism to prevent teeth grinding from wearing down or damaging your teeth. Dr. Jefferson will evaluate your oral health to see if improper tooth alignment or bite problems cause grinding, as addressing these issues could eliminate sleep bruxism and protect your teeth.
Another bruxism treatment option we may recommend is wearing a nightguard while you sleep. A custom mouthguard cushions the chewing surfaces of your teeth to protect them from the damage that teeth grinding can cause. Nightguards are comfortable to wear, portable, non-invasive, and easy to care for, making them a viable option for treating sleep bruxism.
Decreasing your intake of caffeine and alcohol, reducing stress in your life, and learning jaw exercises that help relax your mouth can also help minimize sleep bruxism symptoms.
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