In dentistry, as in most aspects of life, it’s always better to avoid a dental problem before it begins, rather than treat the problem later on. We already brush and floss to prevent gum disease and cavities—what other preventative measures should we take to maintain oral health? One condition that patients of all ages should stay on the lookout for is bruxism. Bruxism is a condition in which patients grind and clench their teeth regularly. Today I’m going to share some warning signs and preventative treatments for bruxism from our Toluca Lake dentist office.
Because bruxism involves patients grinding and clenching their teeth, the goal of preventative treatment is alleviate pressure on your back teeth and reduce jaw pain. Common symptoms of bruxism are:
· Jaw soreness
· Stiff jaw
· A dull soreness in the back teeth
· Neck stiffness/pain
To deal with this condition you should work with a professional dentist. Your dentist can help you identify the root cause of your bruxism habits, and then develop a treatment plan that fits your needs. In addition to professional treatments like pressure-alleviating mouthguards, you can incorporate some home-care measures including:
· Use an ice pack on the outside of your jaw area to numb soreness and pain
· Use stress-relieving techniques to eliminate jaw tension, especially before sleeping
· Try not to chomp on gum or harsh substances like ice or hard candies, as these can put additional strain on your jaw.
The good news is that professional bruxism treatments can now protect your teeth and reduce long-term dental and jaw damage. So don’t hesitate to see your dentist as soon as you notice signs of dental grinding and clenching. Please give our Toluca Lake dentist office a call to learn more or to schedule a personal consultation. We’ll walk you through the treatment process and help you develop a plan for long-term health.