Posts for tag: teeth grinding

By Sood Family Dental
February 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Ever since childhood, when her career as a model and actress took off, Brooke Shields has enjoyed worldwide recognition — through advertisements for designer jeans, appearances on The Muppet Show, and starring roles in big-screen films. But not long ago, that familiar face was spotted in an unusual place: wearing a nasal anesthesia mask at the dentist's office. In fact, Shields posted the photo to her own Instagram account, with the caption “More dental surgery! I grind my teeth!” And judging by the number of comments the post received, she's far from alone.

In fact, researchers estimate that around one in ten adults have dental issues that stem from teeth grinding, which is also called bruxism. (Many children also grind their teeth, but it rarely causes serious problems, and is often outgrown.) About half of the people who are teeth grinders report problems like persistent headaches, jaw tenderness and sore teeth. Bruxism may also result in excessive tooth wear, and may damage dental work like crowns and bridges; in severe cases, loosened or fractured teeth have been reported.

Researchers have been studying teeth grinding for many years; their findings seem to indicate that it has no single cause. However, there are a number of factors that play a significant role in this condition. One is the anatomy of the jaw itself, and the effect of worn or misaligned teeth on the bite. Another factor relates to changes in brain activity that occur during the sleep cycle. In fact, nocturnal (nighttime) bruxism is now classified as a sleep-related movement disorder. Still other factors, such as the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and a high level of stress or anxiety, can make an individual more likely to experience bruxism.

What can be done for people whose teeth grinding is causing problems? Since this condition may have many causes, a number of different treatments are available. Successful management of bruxism often begins by striving to eliminate the factors that may cause problems — for example, making lifestyle changes to improve your health, creating a soothing nighttime environment, and trying stress-reduction techniques; these may include anything from warm baths and soft music at bedtime, to meditation and mindfulness exercises.

Several dental treatments are also available, including a custom-made occlusal guard (night guard) that can keep your teeth from being damaged by grinding. In some cases, a bite adjustment may also be recommended: In this procedure, a small amount of enamel is removed from a tooth to change the way it contacts the opposite tooth, thereby lessening the biting force on it. More invasive techniques (such as surgery) are rarely needed.

A little tooth grinding once in a while can be a normal response to stress; in fact, becoming aware of the condition is often the first step to controlling it. But if you begin to notice issues that could stem from bruxism — or if the loud grinding sounds cause problems for your sleeping partner — it may be time to contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more about bruxism in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Stress and Tooth Habits.”

By Sood Family Dental
January 25, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth grinding  

Learn about teeth grinding from your Shelby Township dentist.

Do you grind your teeth? Bruxism is a condition in which you clench or grind your teeth. In some individuals, bruxism can be frequent teeth grindingand severe enough to lead to damaged teeth, jaw disorders and other issues. Dr. Shikha Sood at Sood Family Dental, located in Shelby Township, MI, offers a variety of bruxism treatments to their patients. Here are five teeth grinding solutions you should be aware of.

1. Reducing Stress- If you grind your teeth because of stress, you may be able to prevent this problem with counseling or strategies that promote relaxation, such as yoga, exercise, massage, meditation or muscle relaxation exercises.

2. Avoid Stimulants- Avoid stimulating substances in the evening. Bruxism can be exacerbated by excessive consumption of caffeine. Don't drink caffeinated tea or caffeinated coffee after dinner, as this can lead to poor sleep as well as teeth grinding. Avoid smoking during the evening, as it can worsen bruxism.

3. Wearing a Nightguard- Your dentist may suggest a nightguard that can be worn while you sleep. A nightguard is a device placed over the teeth to help with clenching and grinding. The nightguard acts as a protective layer between your top and bottom teeth. A nightguard will help prevent further premature wear on your teeth due to teeth grinding.

4. Correcting Teeth- In some cases, teeth grinding is due to poor tooth alignment. If your teeth grinding habit is linked to a problem with your bite, your dentist can help correct the malocclusion. Correcting teeth that are not properly aligned may help to get rid of bruxism. Braces may be an option if your teeth are misaligned.

Regular dental checkups are important to detect damage causes by bruxism in the early stages. Based on your dentist’s diagnosis, one or more treatments may be recommended. Call Sood Family Dental in Shelby Township, MI at (586) 207-1471 today to schedule your dental appointment. Our treatments for bruxism are designed to get rid of teeth grinding altogether.

Dentist in Shelby Township, MI
Sood Family Dental
56732 Van Dyke Avenue
Shelby Township, MI 48316

(586) 207-1471
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