Bruxism or teeth grinding is the most serious form of dental disorder. The condition is difficult to detect in the early stages and eventually cause clenching and grinding of the teeth with severe movement of the jaw. The affected person suffers from facial pain caused by clenching which is the clamping of the top and bottom teeth together and add significant pressure on the muscle, tissues and other areas around the jaw.
This problem can cause serious conditions such as jaw pain, jaw joint disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and earaches. Bruxism causes damage on the teeth completely in which the enamel of the teeth and inside part of the cheek can also be damaged. People suffering from bruxism sometimes do not know that they have this condition until damage to the teeth and mouth has been done.
- Grinding or clenching of teeth that can be very loud
- The tooth enamel are worn out and the deeper layer of the tooth can be seen
- The teeth are flattened, fractured or chipped off
- Sensitivity of the teeth
- Tired or tight muscles of the jaw
- Pain that feels similar to an earache
- Pain or soreness of the face or jaw
- A dull headache in the temples
- Apply a hot damp face towel on the face for at least 20 minutes or until the towel becomes cool. This helps with the circulation of blood around the face and also relaxing the jaw and prevents them from clenching.
- Perform exercises for the face by munching on crunchy vegetable every night since it helps lessen tooth-grinding by relaxing the jaw and mouth. Chew apples, carrots or broccoli every day before going to bed.
- Elevate the head while sleeping. The individual should avoid sleeping with the head flat on the bed in order to prevent grinding of teeth during sleeping. Elevate the head and the neck using a couple of pillows to promote easier breathing and relaxes the head.
- Wear a mouth guard which is a comfortable covering that helps in protecting the teeth from injuries caused by tooth grinding. Take note that frequent use of mouth guard helps lessen grinding over time.
- Being stressed can cause tooth grinding. It is recommended to perform deep-breathing exercises such as yoga to help relax the mind and the body. Perform yoga every day especially before sleeping at night.
- Take a warm bath and massage can help lessen stress and relaxes the body. Massage the muscles of the neck, face and shoulders in order to relax peacefully.
- Sleep on the back in order to help lessen stress.
- Avoid consumption of alcohol which affects sleeping and increases the movement of the jaw and cause clenching during sleep.