Bruxism, the medical term for teeth grinding and jaw clenching, affects both kids and adults. While often caused by high levels of stress, teeth clenching and grinding is a very good indicator of potential sleep disorders (sleep apnea). Ask your partner if he or she notices heavy snoring and if you stop breathing while snoring. It is said that sleep apnea has higher risk of cardiovascular problems like heart attack and stroke more than heavy smoking. Your dentist can do a full evaluation to see if you have indicators for sleep apnea. Regardless of your underlying issue, here are a few tips and tricks to help:
- Take Notice –Throughout the day notice if you’re clenching or grinding. Take a few deep breaths and place the tip of your tongue between your teeth. This helps the muscles in your jaw relax.
- Stop Chewing – On non-food items that is! Pencils, ice, etc. This also includes avoiding gum because it trains your jaw to clench and encourages teeth grinding.
- Cut Back – Avoid foods with added sugar, especially for children. Adults may find drinking alcohol intensify their condition. Cutting out liquor and limiting caffeine is recommended.
- Relax! – Especially before bedtime. Take a long bath, listen to mellow music, find what works best for you and enjoy it.
See Your Dentist – It’s important to be properly diagnosed. We’ll partner together to find the best treatment plan for your well-being! Call and schedule an exam today
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Salinas, CA 93906
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Greenfield, CA 93927