Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding or clenching, occurs when you grind or clench your teeth, often without realizing it. It can happen during the day or at night while you sleep, and it can cause a wide range of dental and health problems.

What Causes Bruxism?

Bruxism can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, and certain medications. It can also be related to an abnormal bite or missing teeth. Over time, the constant grinding and clenching can cause wear and tear on your teeth, leading to sensitivity, chipping, cracking, and even tooth loss.

Symptoms of Bruxism

The symptoms of bruxism can vary from person to person, but may include:

  • Worn, flattened, or chipped teeth
  • Jaw pain or soreness
  • Headaches or earaches
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Snoring or sleep apnea

Treating Bruxism

At Smile & Co., we offer a range of treatments to help you manage your bruxism and prevent further damage. One of the most effective treatments is a custom-fitted nightguard. This device is worn over your teeth while you sleep and helps to protect them from grinding and clenching.

Other treatments may include stress management techniques, changes to your medication regimen, or dental treatments such as orthodontics or restorative dentistry to correct bite issues or missing teeth.

Preventing Bruxism

There are also steps you can take to help prevent bruxism, such as:

  • Avoiding caffeine and alcohol
  • Practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, or meditation
  • Maintaining a regular sleep schedule
  • Avoiding chewing on hard objects like pencils or ice
  • Practicing good oral hygiene to prevent tooth damage

If you suspect that you may have bruxism or are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with this condition, don’t hesitate to contact Smile & Co. Our experienced team can help you find the right treatment to manage your condition and protect your smile.

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