Do you wake up with a sore or aching jaw, or experience frequent headaches? You may be suffering from bruxism, or the clenching and grinding of your teeth and jaws. If you believe you may suffer from this condition, we invite you to call Made Ya Smile Dental today at 281-407-6901 to learn more about our treatments for teeth grinding in Texas, and schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.
Bruxism is a dental condition that involves clenching and grinding of the teeth and jaws. Bruxism can occur while patients are awake or asleep, though most people experience this grinding while unconscious. Bruxism is often involuntary. Symptoms of bruxism include:
- Anxiety, stress, and tension
- Tender of painful muscles
- Sensitivity to heat, cold, or sweets in the teeth
- Soreness and pain in the jaw
Over time, bruxism can cause significant damage to your oral health. It wears down teeth, and causes fractures and chipping. It also causes strain to muscles in you jaw, neck, and shoulders, creating tension and pain, and eventually causing jaw disorders and other problems.
There are several treatments available for bruxism. These options include splints and mouth guards, dental correction, stress management therapy, behavior therapy, biofeedback, and muscle relaxants. When you meet with our dentists, they will discuss appropriate treatments for bruxism to determine the best options for you.
In the meantime, there are several self-care tips that may help:
- Apply ice or wet heat to sore jaw muscles (either of these may help)
- Avoid eating hard or dense foods (nuts, candies, and steak, for example)
- Avoid chewing on pencils or pens, or anything that is not food
- Do not chew gum
- Drink plenty of water
- Get enough sleep
- Learn some physical therapy stretching exercises to help the muscles and joints on each side of your head
- Massage the muscles of your neck, shoulders, and face
- Try to reduce your stress and learn relaxation techniques
- Help your jaw muscles to relax by positioning the tip of your tongue between your teeth
If you have any further questions about bruxism, we invite you to call Made Ya Smile Dental for more information and set up your appointment with one of our caring dentists.