There are more and more people running around from sunrise to sunset with nonstop schedules, and stress galore, making it no surprise that millions are suffering from teeth grinding. If you have ever woken up in the morning with a sore face, throbbing jaw, and ears seeming like they need to pop every five seconds, then odds are you were up the night before grinding away at those teeth. It can be dreadful to get through the day with pain from this habit, but there is a bit of science behind the issue to help get you back to sleeping grind free.
If you’ve been noticing that you are grinding your teeth more frequently than usual, then doctors advise looking into the stressors in your life as a first step. Bad week at work? Kids having trouble at school with their grades? Not getting enough time to spend out on the town with your spouse? Financial woes hurting your daily happiness? These are all extremely common reasons that result in bruxism, or teeth/jaw clenching. Experts say to initially start correcting the issue by sourcing out what the stress is, and trying to combat that as soon as possible. For additional outside help, contact a therapist and start getting that stress under control and it can lead to much more severe issues than dental troubles.
Next, dentists report wearing a device at night will greatly decrease the amount of bruxism bouts that you develop. Some feel wearing a brace, mouthguard, or splint will interfere with their rest, but as you can probably assume, grinding your teeth all night is already doing this, so trying out a device to protect those teeth at night may be just what the doctor ordered. You can see your dentist about making you a custom device that conforms right to your mouth, or you can opt for a mouthpiece that you can purchase over the counter. Times of Malta reported that some 29% of residents in the London, England area are living with this exact ailment, and dentists are seeing great improvement from wearing a splint according to the experts at the Bow Land Dental Group.
If you notice that you are experiencing this condition, make a dental appointment immediately to avoid any further jaw or damages with your teeth.