You’ve recently discovered that you have a problem with grinding (bruxism) your teeth, but you’re not sure why you’re subconsciously doing this. Furthermore, you don’t know how to fix the problem. Your dentist in Texas is weighing in to inform you of the problems associated with this habit and with information on how to get treatment as soon as possible. Learn more as you read on.
What Causes Bruxism?
Before delving into ways to treat teeth grinding, let’s take a look at what causes this problem. Here are some of the leading contributors:
- Stress/Anxiety – When you’re stressed or feeling anxious, you may find yourself grinding your teeth. There are two main remedies: limit the situations that cause these feelings, while the other solution is to seek better coping mechanisms like breathing and yoga techniques.
- Smoking – There are a host of problems associated with smoking, including pulmonary and cardiovascular issues. In addition, it can cause bruxism. The best remedy, in this case, is to seek ways to stop smoking all together.
- Heavy Alcohol Consumption – Another activity that can be detrimental to your overall health, is drinking heavily. The effects mainly take hold while slumbering, due to the fact that alcohol inhibits the part of the brain that regulates sleep.
- Caffeine – Overly consuming caffeine can lead to increased anxiety and cause teeth grinding, especially while sleeping. It’s best to avoid this substance when your bedtime is approaching.
- Sleep Disorders – Problems such as sleep apnea can lead to bruxism. This is because, like with heavy alcohol consumption, the part of your brain that regulates sleep – the pineal gland – has interruptions in its natural production of melatonin that help you enjoy a restful state of slumber.
It’s important to have your bruxism treated because it can lead to serious problems.
Issues that Can Arise from Bruxism
One of the main problems that can appear as a result of grinding your teeth is that your enamel gets worn down, which is quite significant given that it can’t be regenerated. You also run the risk of fracturing your teeth from the added pressure that’s applied when your upper and lower rows grind against each other.
Can Bruxism be Treated?
Thankfully, there are ways to treat bruxism. Along with the recommendations mentioned above, one of the best ways to address the teeth grinding that occurs while you sleep is to have your dentist design an occlusal appliance for you to wear. It will afford you the peace-of-mind of knowing that your teeth are protected while you rest.
To learn more about ways to treat bruxism and protect the health of your teeth, you can reach out to your local dentist.
About the Author
A graduate of the University of Texas Dental School at Houston, Dr. John Hackbarth has over 40 years of experience practicing dentistry. An expert in treating occlusal problems, he still strives to expand is knowledge by working with other professionals to improve his skills in a multitude of modalities. Dr. Hackbarth practices at Dental Cosmetic Center and can be reached for more information through his website.