What Can I Do To Stop Grinding My Teeth

Teeth grinding and clenching is common in many adults, and it can be caused by several different factors. The condition, officially referred to as bruxism, can be seemingly minor, but it can have serious health effects on the sufferer. Some of the side effects are headaches, painful jaws, earaches, facial soreness and tension.  While many people will experience this condition, some will not even be aware of it since it usually happens while asleep.  For this reason, dental researchers have not found a definite way to correct the condition. What can one do to stop the grinding of teeth? The latest research studies have had little success in coming up with a reliable method of treating bruxism. However, that does not mean that one will have to endure the condition as long as they live.  A Texas based dentist, Dr. Peter Hazim, has been using several techniques to help his patients significantly alleviate the condition. Among the methods that individuals can employ is the use of mouth-guards that are also known as splints. These involve custom fitting by a dentist during a single visit, or an individual can choose to use an over the counter kit.  These are sold at most pharmacies, but usually do not work as well because they aren’t as comfortable as the custom-made versions. Individuals will have different experiences with mouth-guards. While most people will find them to be very helpful, others will experience teeth grinding severity while wearing them.  There are cases where users find them very effective at first, but with continued usage, they tend to be less helpful, and the habit sets in again.  Mouth-guards help to prevent damage to the teeth from consistent grinding and clenching. Other methods to eliminate bruxism Alternatively, one can hold a warm, damp cloth to the face for about ten minutes before going to bed. This is beneficial, as it will help calm the jaw and facial muscles, reducing the possibility of grinding your teeth. A sufferer can also take time to relax physically and emotionally before going to bed.  One can unwind by doing several stretches, meditating and taking a hot shower to relax the mind and body. To attain the utmost success, it is recommended that an individual refrain from alcohol and caffeine rich products. Stress is a major cause of tooth grinding, and controlling or eradicating it, can eliminate bruxism once and for all. Dr. Peter Hazim has treated many such conditions, and will gladly answer any questions you may have about bruxism. Please call us at (972) 727-5599. We are conveniently located at 105 N. Alma Drive, Suite 100 in Allen, Texas.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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