Jaw clenching and teeth grinding are habits that you probably think you do not do. According to statistics, you just might. Research demonstrates that a large number of men and women with problems like gum recession, tooth fractures, and worn enamel also grind their teeth. Why don’t they just stop? This seems like a logical question, and the answer is interesting.
The majority of people who have bruxism, the condition in which they clench and grind (often with alarming frequency), don’t know it. That being said, you may also engage in this activity without realizing it. Because bruxism can lead to dental problems and to TMJ disorder, it is crucial to obtain appropriate treatment. But first, you must understand the nature of this habit.
Stress can Cinch the Deal
Stress is one of the leading factors that can lead to chronic bruxism. It can cause you to unwittingly clench in the midst of a stressful situation at work or at home. Students may find that they clench their jaw during tests at school, or when studying. Because stress comes in so many forms, and it is often the small, daily stressors that do the most damage, it is important to identify how you can manage these seemingly innocuous events. If you don’t, your body will respond with grinding and clenching, quite possibly while you sleep.
One of the home care methods suggested to people with bruxism is to develop mindfulness techniques that can aid in stress reduction. This may include meditation of some sort, whether Qigong or traditional yoga, or just spending a few minutes outdoors breathing in the fresh air. Stress management can keep you from degrading your teeth, and it also offer numerous other health benefits.
The Problem may be your Mouth
Ideally, the oral structure would be in perfect balance. The row of upper molars would fit nicely into the grooves of the teeth below when chewing and biting occur. In many cases, this does not happen as it should. When teeth do not come together, the jaw adapts in order to achieve this necessary meet-up. As a result, tension builds and teeth grind against one another.
Bruxism is a problem that can be managed with home care as well as restorative dentistry. To prevent tooth and jaw distress, contact us to discuss how we can help you alleviate this problem.