Posted on 3/15/2018 by Office - Boone DMD
|Many people clench their teeth without meaning to. However, this condition does have a name. It is called bruxism. It happens to a lot of people when they need to focus or get really stressed out.
They get involved in their task, and before they realize it, their teeth start to ache because they were pushing down on them so hard. This is not a big deal if you only do it once or twice in your life. However, if you do this regularly, it can cause a lot of damage to your teeth.
What to Do if You Struggle with BruxismIf you do struggle with bruxism, there are a few options. First, you can make a conscious effort to stop doing it. For some people, this is enough.
However, for most, this is not going to stop it from happening. Second, do what you can to manage and lower your distractions so it is easier for you to focus. Third, you can talk with us about what we can do to help.
For many who struggle with bruxism, stopping is not possible since they do it without conscious effort or thought. That is where an oral appliance can help. What you do is wear the appliance during times where you would otherwise clench or grind your teeth. Then, the appliance takes the beating, instead of your teeth.
When you clench your teeth, it can really begin to hurt. You can have more sensitive teeth to cold and heat, you can face cracks in your teeth, and you can even break teeth to where they require extraction. It is not worth doing this to your teeth. Reach out to us today, and let us help you manage the symptoms of bruxism.