How to remedy bruxism: causes and solutions

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How to remedy bruxism is one of the most frequent questions that our patients ask us. Unfortunately, the level of life in which many of us are subjected sometimes causes us some anxiety, stress or sleep disorders. These factors, together with an Abnormal Bite or the absence of some teeth, are the main causes of the appearance of bruxism.

Bruxism is an involuntary act of constantly clenching our teeth while we sleep, many times we grind them by moving our jaw from front to back, without realizing it. The main reason for this cause is on the psychological level, although the repercussions are on the dental level.

How do you know if you have bruxism?

Bruxism is a very common problem in the society in which we live. In fact, it affects 8% of the population. Unfortunately, few are those who go to a specialist in search of a solution, many times because they are not known to have this problem.

The diagnosis often occurs because a relative or person in the environment detects that noise is made when sleeping, due to teeth grinding.

Another possible cause to determine if you suffer from this problem are the following:

  • Pain in the jaw area when chewing or leaving it relaxed.
  • Headache or migraines
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Chronic anxiety or stress
  • Vertigo and dizziness

However, to confirm that you suffer from it and want to remedy bruxism, a specialist will perform an examination and a radiographic study.

The diagnosis usually occurs because someone in the environment detects that when sleeping they make noise due to the grinding of the teeth.

To confirm this, the specialist will carry out a clinical interview, an examination and a radiographic study.

At what age does this problem usually occur?

There is no set age for this type of problem. Although adults usually suffer from it, many times it also appears during childhood. The young age is prone to bruxism, between 16 and 20 years caused mainly by accumulated stress.

Exercises to remedy bruxism

In addition to the treatment indicated by your dentist, it is also important to follow some exercises and tricks that will help you reduce symptoms and improve the quality of sleep.

  • Avoid eating gum or foods that are hard like chocolate
  • Reduce or eliminate caffeine, alcohol, energy drinks or stimulants
  • Eliminate tobacco or drug use
  • Exercise moderately to relieve emotional tension and stress.
  • Doing meditation, yoga or Pilates helps reduce stress
  • Exercise the jaw with exercises marked by your specialist
  • Sleep 8 hours a day to rest properly
  • Drink plenty of water to eliminate toxins accumulated in the body

The most important thing is to have a healthy life, balancing obligations with leisure and having time to relax. If you want to remedy bruxism, you can go to HSM Dental Group, in order to treat the problem from the root and let it get worse.

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