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The Whys & Hows of Teeth Grinding

Cartoon of a man sleeping with grinding noises coming from his jaw due to bruxism.

Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, often occurs during your sleep. While some people don’t have any symptoms, others may wake up with facial pain, headaches, earaches, or pain and stiffness in the jaw joint. Teeth grinding can cause tooth enamel to wear down. It can also lead to increased sensitivity or tooth loss. Drs. Carol and Scott Lybrook can determine what is causing your teeth grinding and provide treatment to protect your teeth and overall health.

What Causes Teeth Grinding?

If you are experiencing stress or anxiety, you may start to grind your teeth during your sleep. You’re more likely to grind your teeth if you snore or have a sleep disorder like obstructive sleep apnea. If you have a sleep partner, they may be able to tell you if they notice you snoring or grinding your teeth during the night. Some other causes of teeth grinding include smoking, drinking alcohol, drinking too much caffeine, or using recreational drugs.

How to Stop Teeth Grinding

One popular method to treat teeth grinding is a nightguard that you wear like a retainer during the night. Nightguards are custom made to match the fit of your teeth. Wearing nightguards while you sleep will help protect your teeth from damage and lower the amount of pain you experience. It will also help reduce the sensation of clenching your teeth and jaw.

Lifestyle Changes

If you’re grinding your teeth because of stress or anxiety, you may want to look into treating your mental health. This could help solve the core root of the problem and allow you to stop teeth grinding naturally. You may also want to consider making changes for a healthier lifestyle. This might include eliminating erratic sleep schedules, improving your diet, reducing alcohol consumption, and giving up smoking.

Treating Teeth Grinding at Lybrook Dental

At Lybrook Dental, our custom made nightguards can protect your teeth from bruxism. If you want to learn more about nightguards and how to treat teeth grinding, give us a call. We can schedule an appointment to discuss your dental needs.

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