How to Manage Bruxism

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The act of grinding and clenching teeth, also known as bruxism, is a problem for over 30 million children and adults. Often, many people are not aware that bruxism is a problem for them because they do it at night. On the other hand, many are aware that it is a problem that they suffer from, but struggle to stop it. What makes this more difficult is that, for many, it is related to stress and anxiety.

Luckily, or dentist, Dr. Alan L. Frame is familiar with the detrimental effects bruxism can have on one’s oral health. Our team here at Alan L. Frame, D.D.S. in Santa Clara, California, would like to recommend ways to manage your bruxism today. The treatment of bruxism can vary depending on its root cause. The three main causes of bruxism are stress, dental problems, and medicines.

If your bruxism is stress related, then your dentist or physician might recommend counseling or other strategies that might help you relax. Depending on the severity, a muscle relaxer may be helpful to reduce and ease the spasming of the jaw, or a custom-made bite plate may be necessary. If your bruxism is related to tooth problems, it may be necessary to correct tooth alignment. If your bruxism has developed as a side effect of antidepressant medicines, it may be necessary to switch to a different medication or to take another to counteract the bruxism.

If you feel that you might suffer from bruxism or suffer from any of the following symptoms: painful jaw, dull morning headaches, long-lasting face pain, rhythmic contractions of jaw muscles, or swelling of the lower jaw, call 408-244-3562 today. Our capable team is ready to help you with all your oral health care needs.