Bruxism (Grinding your Teeth) and your Dental Health :: Annapolis Dentistry

Do you grind your teeth? If so, it could be causing you pain and discomfort. Teeth grinding, medically known as bruxism, can damage your teeth and cause other oral health complications, such as hearing loss or Tembromandibular Disorders (TMD).

Causes of Teeth Grinding

Bruxism can be caused by several different factors, including stress, anxiety, or, more commonly, an abnormal bite pattern, missing teeth, or crooked teeth.

Identifying Bruxism

Since most people grind their teeth at night, they are completely unaware they even have a problem. However, if you constantly experience a dull headache or sore jaw in the morning, you could suffer from bruxism. If this is the case, schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Treating Bruxism

There are several ways to treat bruxism, including:

  • Cut back on caffeine intake
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Do not chew on pencils, pens, or other objects
  • Avoid chewing gum
  • Relax your jaw muscles by placing a warm washcloth against your cheek before bed

And, if none of the above works for you, you could opt to use a night guard.

Annapolis Dental Care: Your Source for Exceptional Dentistry & Night Guards in Maryland

If you’re experiencing jaw pain or discomfort while talking, chewing, or yawning, visit us, and we’ll help you figure out the underlying cause. And, if needed, we can get you fitted for a night guard and have you feeling better in no time.

At Annapolis Dental Care, we can also fit you for sport mouth guards to prevent athletic clenching!

If you have any questions about Bruxism and Dental Care, or if you wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Annapolis Dental Care by calling (410) 267-0766 or visit today!

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