Suffering from Teeth Grinding? Our Epping Dentist Can Help!
Otherwise known as bruxism, it’s a term used to describe any excessive grinding and clenching of the jaw that doesn’t constitute a normal chewing movement. The problem with teeth grinding is that although it can occur subconsciously during the day, more often than not, it occurs during sleep (nocturnal bruxism). For this reason, you may not even know that you’re doing it until it’s pointed out by your bed partner or your local dentist during a regular check-up.
Unfortunately, bruxism isn’t just an annoyance for others, it also causes many side effects for the ‘grinder’. These include:
- Frequent headaches
- Disrupted sleep (for you and your partner)
- Worn down teeth which can lead to increased sensitivity and tooth loss
- Stiffness and pain in the temporomandibular (jaw) joint which can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD)
Treating teeth grinding in Epping
Mouth guards or mouth splints
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Deep breathing and
- Having a bath before bedtime.