Combating Bruxism

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If you suffer from chronic bruxism – the technical term for grinding your teeth – then you’re likely looking for a good solution that’ll save your teeth. In addition, it’ll save your jaw from any possibility of contracting TMJ disorder.

So how exactly do you combat bruxism? Let’s see what Dr. Stan Scalf at Stan Scalf DMD in Georgetown, Kentucky, recommends.

Custom mouth guard
The best thing you can do is to use a custom mouth guard while sleeping to protect your teeth from grinding against each other. This mouth guard is worn only at night and when your teeth grind, instead of grinding against each other, they’ll move against the soft, pliable material of the mouth guard. This save your teeth from serious issues.

Less stress
Research shows that stress is actually one of the causes of bruxism. If you’re in a particularly stressful situation, or have significant stressors in your life, eliminating or learning how to more effectively deal with them can save your teeth from being ground down to useless lumps.

Sleep device
There may also be another way to fix your bruxism. A sleep device is used to tilt your jaw in a certain position at night to cure sleep apnea, but it also separates the jaw enough that you won’t grind your teeth. This may be an option to investigate as well.

If you’re ready to stop your bruxism from harming your oral health, call us today at 502-863-9340 to see what we can do to help.