MINT HILL, NC – Last week, we discussed how grinding and clenching your teeth (bruxism) will affect your dental health. There can be several long-term effects associated with this habit. This week, we will dive into how it can be managed:
- Occlusal Guard
- Also known as a nightguard or bite splint, these guards can prevent forces from being applied directly to your natural teeth. You may find some guards at a local store or online but be careful. An over-the-counter guard can be very soft. Although it is protecting your teeth, your jaw might find a way to chew on it all night. It may feel like you are chewing on gum all night!
- Getting the correct fit with a custom guard provided by your dentist is the best option for a better fit long term.
- Stress can be a big factor when it comes to bruxism. Working towards lowering you stress by doing more meditation, yoga and relaxation techniques may help.
- Botox can help relax the muscle that is the power behind this habit. Although it does not cure bruxism, it can help alleviate muscle pain and associated headaches for 3-4 months.
Want to see how you can manage your grinding? Call our office at (704) 486-4189 or visit our website at www.dawsonmoderndentistry.com to schedule an appointment. Our team at Dawson Modern Dentistry is dedicated to find the best option for your needs. Stay tuned for next week’s topic as we discuss the beloved root canal treatment.