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Beating Bruxism: Best Ways to Treat Teeth Grinding

Is your jaw sore in the morning? Do you wake up with frequent headaches or migraines? How do your facial muscles feel?

If you have pain in these areas first thing in the morning, you may be grinding or clenching your teeth when you sleep. This is also called bruxism.

Don’t worry — you’re certainly not alone in this struggle! In fact, the American Sleep Association estimates that this problem affects 10% of adults and as many as 15% of children in the United States. Grinding or clenching your teeth, also known as bruxism, doesn’t just harm your jaw and the surrounding muscles; it can also be disastrous for your teeth.

Addressing Your Teeth Grinding Condition

Realizing that you have bruxism is undoubtedly one of the most challenging aspects of treating your grinding or clenching. Since so many patients grind or clench throughout the night, it can be difficult to realize that they suffer from bruxism. Some of the most notable signs of bruxism include:

  • Sore teeth
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Tight or sore jaw muscles
  • Pain in the jaw, neck, or face
  • Dull headaches
  • Earaches
  • Flattened, chipped, or fractured teeth

Patients that continue to grind or clench their teeth can eventually wear their teeth down to nubs or develop TMJ, a condition marked by the dysfunction if the temporomandibular joint.

Ways to Treat Bruxism at Home

While you can use a mouthguard to prevent damage caused by bruxism, it really doesn’t treat the root of the problem. Since many cases of bruxism relate to stress levels, using relaxation techniques and methods to reduce stress are a great way to overcome grinding.

Some at-home steps to consider include:

Avoiding Excess Caffeine: Feeling jittery and anxious? It may be time to cut down your caffeine intake! Drinking too much caffeine can make you feel tense, which ends up contributing to your bruxism. If you can’t get rid of caffeine altogether, we encourage you to quit caffeine by noon since it can often stay in the body after 8-10 hours.

Drink Tea Before Bed: Opting for an herbal or chamomile tea is a great way to naturally reduce your stress levels. Try a cup of warm tea before bed and reap the benefits of this relaxing beverage.

Exercise More: According to a study from the University of Georgia, regular exercise helped to reduce participants anxiety by 20% and is proven to reverse the damage that stress causes to the brain. Try adding 30 minutes of exercise to your daily routine to help reduce stress, and in turn, reduce the likelihood of grinding or clenching your teeth while sleeping.

Take a Relaxing Bath: Taking a warm bath with Epsom salts can help relax some of the tension in your body. Try taking a relaxing bath an hour before bed to promote relaxation.

Professional Treatment for Teeth Grinding

Here are Pasadena Pain Management, using TruDenta technology, we offer thorough bruxism treatment that also provides fast, effective pain relief.

TruDenta treatments last about 50 minutes and include the use of several proven, FDA cleared technologies. Depending upon the severity of the diagnosis, patients require from one to twelve treatments completed weekly. In other words, a patient with the most severe diagnosis could achieve lasting relief from their symptoms in about three months.

To get a full detailed analysis of the TruDenta treatment plan, contact Pasadena Pain Management and request a FREE CONSULTATION