Did your spouse tell you that you look like you’re chewing vigorously while you’re asleep? This rhythmic clenching of teeth is called bruxism. Although experts are not really sure about what triggers this condition, one of the most effective ways to help you cope with it is to take a trip down to the dental clinic Boynton Beach FL to get yourself a mouthguard. Meanwhile, check out these facts about bruxism.
Did you know that an estimated 30 to 40 million children and adults grind their teeth every day (or every night)? Many of them ferociously clench their jaws during stressful situations at work. Others do so while they’re sleeping at night. However, people who do the “daily grind” have no idea that they’re grinding their teeth until symptoms begin to show up.
While it’s mostly the parent or the spouse who notices this repetitive clenching of teeth, this condition may also reveal itself to you through jaw pain and headaches when you wake up in the morning. Furthermore, when the pressure of the jaws being forced together gets so bad, your teeth could crack or chip. Moreover, symptoms may vary from person to person. These symptoms include loose teeth, sore teeth, earaches, facial discomfort that won’t go away, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) which can cause the muscles and joints around the jaw to ache and swell.
Stress causes your whole body to tense up – and your mouth is not an exception. If you notice that this is your response to stressful situations, you’ll need to find coping mechanisms such as deep breathing, exercise, and mediation, to help you relax and unclench your teeth.
Mouthguards can protect your teeth from chipping and fracturing. If you have chronic bruxism, visit the dental clinic Boynton Beach Fl of Hugh B. Rosenblatt, DMD, PA. Call us today to schedule an appointment!