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How to Prevent Teeth Grinding?

Teeth grinding is a common dental condition and this is experienced by many people. This is also known as bruxism.  There are many issues that can occur as a result of teeth grinding such as tooth sensitivity, wearing of teeth and tooth loss.

If you suffer from this condition you can visit the Richmond dentist to see what treatment options can be used. The dentist will first consider what is causing the teeth grinding to occur. This can occur due to tension, stress or anxiety. Many people with sleep disorders tend to have this condition. Also, certain medications can lead to this. If you have an abnormal bite, you may find yourself grinding teeth and once you are aware of this, you need to take action so that this can be avoided in the future.

Once you have a good idea of what is causing the teeth grinding, there are certain ways to deal with the problem. If stress is what is causing this, you will need to practice relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing and yoga before going to sleep. There are also certain activities that can relax you such as taking a warm bath, reading a book or completing a skincare ritual.

A common solution for teeth grinding is wearing a mouth-guard

This will protect your teeth even if you proceed with this activity. You can wear the mouthguard when you are sleeping. Or if there is an activity that causes you to grind teeth, you can wear it during this so that further damage to teeth can be prevented. There are also certain food that can trigger this condition such as alcohol, chocolate and caffeine.

You can avoid these foods close to your bedtime and start to limit them. You can also keep a journal so that you can monitor progress after taking steps to reduce teeth grinding. Sometimes, not getting enough sleep can also contribute to this condition. You need to make sure that you maintain a regular sleep schedule so that you get enough sleep. To ensure this, you can improve the comfort of your sleeping environment and avoid the use of electronic devices before bedtime.

Some dental problems can also cause teeth grinding

Some examples are having an abnormal bite or misaligned teeth. There is orthodontic treatment to these problems and your dentist will be able to restore your teeth so that teeth grinding can be prevented. It is always important to visit your dentist when you have such a problem as they will be able to come up with many solutions for teeth grinding. Some other treatment methods for teeth grinding are the use of muscle relaxants, biofeedback and cognitive behavioural therapy.

Also, having regular dental check-ups allows you to ensure good dental health. Sometimes you may not notice that you are grinding teeth unless somebody else notices this when you are sleeping. But when you visit the dentist, they will be able to see signs of teeth grinding and therefore recommend solutions to prevent further damage.

Rickard Tordis
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