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How to Stop Bruxism Before It Leads to Long-term Problems
Posted on 7/23/2020 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
How to Stop Bruxism Before It Leads to Long-term ProblemsBruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is a very common and very serious dental issue that cannot be ignored. It can lead to a whole host of other oral problems when left untreated. These can include jaw pain and discomfort, cavities, impacted teeth, and even difficulty speaking. There are any number of specific and different reasons a person might be struggling with this issue. Identifying the underlying factor can help us better find an effective treatment together.

Consider the Cause or Triggers


While there is no general consensus as to what ultimately causes bruxism, the accepted theory is that it can be brought on by a number of different reasons. For some, stress and anxiety might be a cause. For others, perhaps a gum chewing or hard candy habit that they are trying to get rid of could produce an involuntary action of teeth grinding. Still, some folks might be doing it because they grind their teeth while they sleep, and it is carrying over into their waking hours.

Avoid Stimulants


One thing that could possibly help with this issue is avoiding beverages or products which contain stimulants such as caffeine. This means things like coffee, energy drinks or shots, and anything else that might produce jitters or nervous energy. Many times, these types of products cause people to clench their jaws and grind their teeth without even realizing it. Alcohol can also contribute to this problem as well.

While these suggestions may offer some measure of short-term relief, the fact is that this is a problem that will most likely require a bit more help from an oral health practitioner. To get in touch with one of our highly recommended professionals, please contact our office as soon as possible.
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