Bruxism, also known as grinding of the teeth, is more common than you think: Studies show that around 1 in 3 people suffers from teeth grinding at some point in their life. Bruxism can cause quite a number of oral health problems if not treated. If you believe you are suffering from bruxism, the cosmetic and restorative dentistry of Buhite & Buhite, DDS in Rochester can offer advice and help treat the problem.
The side effects of teeth grinding can range from minor annoyances to serious problems for long time sufferers. Loose teeth, the wearing away of enamel, receding gums, jaw aches, recurring headaches, intense tooth pain, and various jaw disorders are all complications that can arise from bruxism. How can you manage these effects?
More often than not, stress plays the biggest factor on the severity of your teeth grinding. In order to treat the symptoms of bruxism or even get rid of it completely, there are a few tricks you can use. The most obvious way to treat the condition is to simply work on reducing your stress. Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done, but try to find ways to relax after work—yoga and meditation are quite beneficial for stress reduction.
Other treatment options include drinking more water, consciously relaxing your jaw muscles throughout the day, getting more sleep, and avoiding certain substances like alcohol and caffeine. If your symptoms do not subside, visit a dentist or orthodontist immediately. They can craft a mouth guard to wear at night to prevent any damage to your teeth and reduce your symptoms.
If you have already experienced some of the more damaging symptoms of bruxism, a restorative dentistry can repair damaged teeth.
Schedule an appointment with Buhite & Buhite, DDS today to discuss your dental issues. Specializing in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, the dentists have over 40 years of experience and are sure to meet your every need. To find out more information, visit their website or call (585) 342-1323.