Teeth clenching and our solutions to ease the ache
Have you ever awoken from a splendid slumber only to experience painful pressure travelling from your ears to your jaw? Well, you’re not alone! That prickly sensation some of us know all too well is caused by teeth clenching and grinding, also known as Bruxism.
What is it?
Bruxism is a common habit with various symptoms that can cause some pretty nasty discomfort. From an achy jaw and prolonged headaches to more serious dental damage like cracked, worn enamel and, in its worst-case—loss of teeth! People of all ages can experience Bruxism and are often asleep and unaware of its dental detriments if it remains uncorrected. Even everyday factors like chewing and talking can contribute to growing tension between your teeth. However, research has uncovered its biggest culprit, and it’s stress! Because our everyday lives are jam-packed with activities that strain not only our brains but also our teeth, Bruxism has been recorded to affect one out of ten individuals daily. And as COVID-19 chaotically whirls around the globe like the Tasmanian Devil, feelings of stress are at an all-time high.
How can we help?
As your local dental professionals, we at Fremantle Dental Care recommend introducing a nightguard to your nighttime routine. Not like the brightly coloured sports mouthguard you may have worn as a kid—a dental nightguard is a custom-fitted casing for your teeth unique to your bite. It is designed to be popped in before bed and even during day-to-day activities as a great solution to ease jaw pain and prevent further damage to your teeth caused by clenching and grinding. Dental mouthguards are also a cost-effective way to protect your teeth while you sleep and provide effective oral care so you can wake up in the morning ache-free.
The benefits of using a nightguard:
- Enhances your quality of sleep
- Limits teeth grinding
- Limits jaw and teeth clenching
- Eases headaches and jaw pain
- Prevents further dental damage and injury to your teeth
- Prevents snoring
- Relieves feelings of stress and anxiety
However, suppose nightguards aren’t the right fit for you, and you’re experiencing some severe, persistent teeth grinding and clenching. In that case, we at Fremantle Dental Care have you covered. We provide a custom bite splint that prevents the premature destruction of your teeth, relieves stress in your jaw, and allows you to start every morning pain-free. If symptoms persist after receiving a bite splint, we also offer a Botulinum Toxin injection that is placed in your jaw muscles, temporarily halting the cycle of clenching for up to 6 weeks and providing much-needed pain relief. Additionally, you can also help reduce teeth grinding, soothe discomfort and alleviate feelings of stress with various Bruxism exercises recommended by our friends at Colgate. At Fremantle Dental Care, we pride ourselves on going above and beyond for our customers. If you require advice or assistance regarding your dental health, we will help in any way we can.
Contact us here or pop into our Fremantle office to speak with a friendly Fremantle Dental Care team member today.