Posted by Dr. Christine Y. Lee on Feb 2 2019, 02:11 AM
Wondering if bruxism treatment is your next step because you are constantly grinding or clenching your teeth? While the underlying reasons for why someone clenches or grinds their teeth are still being researched, it is believed that lifestyle factors play a large part. Bruxism is more commonly diagnosed in those who have a sleeping disorder, smoke cigarettes, drink a lot of alcohol, consume a lot of caffeine, experience anxiety or depression and/or take medications to sleep. Even those who have none of these symptoms can still receive a bruxism diagnosis.
When it comes to treating bruxism, a dental professional will often offer one or more treatments in order to end the grinding and clenching. It will simply depend on each individual patient’s particular situation for the type of treatment that will work ideally for their particular situation.
The following is a list of five ways that bruxism is treated, which will help to put an end to teeth grinding and teeth clenching.
A custom-made nightguard is a popular treatment option for those living with a bruxism diagnosis. The nightguard is to be worn when sleeping and helps to prevent any damage to the teeth when sleeping.
When it is believed that someone is clenching or grinding their teeth due to some type of stress or anxiety they are dealing with in their everyday life, it is recommended that they learn some strategies for managing their stress and/or anxiety, as this will lead to less grinding and clenching.
By learning a few behavioral therapy techniques, those who clench or grind will be more aware of what they are doing and when they are doing it.
Learning a few relaxation techniques can be very beneficial for those who grind or clench due to experiencing various levels of stress or anxiety. Examples of relaxation techniques include signing up for a yoga class, taking a warm bath and listening to calming music.
Prescribed medications are often the last treatment option choice for those who clench or grind during their sleep and are used to help the patient relax.
Now that you understand more about the bruxism treatment options available, does one or more of them seem like they will help put an end to your grinding and clenching teeth? It really is essential for you to find a treatment option as soon as possible The longer you wait, the more damage you can expect to happen to your teeth. If you happen to be someone who is not quite sure whether you are grinding or clenching your teeth, making an appointment with a dental professional for a thorough mouth examination is highly recommended.
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