Living with Bruxism

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Grinding your teeth is obviously an activity that’s harmful to the health of your teeth. It’s especially harmful if you grind your teeth while sleeping, as this can cause you to wake up with a sore jaw, develop TMJ disorder, and grind down the biting surfaces of your teeth.

The technical term for grinding your teeth is bruxism, and today we’re going to look at a few tips that Dr. Dr. Kent Stapley & Dr. Nathan Kitchen and the team here at Dr. Kent Stapley & Dr. Nathan Kitchen in Mesa, Arizona, has to offer that’ll help you live with bruxism.

Can I stop it?

Stopping bruxism is actually a bit easier than you’d expect. A lot of chronic teeth grinding is caused by stress, so if that’s the case then reducing your stress level can usually reduce the amount of time you spend grinding your teeth. However, not all bruxism is curable, and that naturally leads us into the need for treatment.

What are my treatment options?

You have a lot of options, which is great news! If you grind your teeth while sleeping, the best remedy is a mouth guard. This prevents your teeth from rubbing against each other all night long, effectively saving your teeth.

Other treatment options exist as well, and if you feel those may be a better fit, call us today at 480-830-8946 to schedule your appointment to see how we can help.