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bruxism: causes and solutions

Do you ever wake up with a sore jaw? Do you notice during the day that your teeth a clamped together? Have you seen a change in your teeth? You may be suffering from bruxism. There are many reasons why you have an issue with teeth grinding and clenching. To learn more about why you have this issue and how to fix it, please call our Calgary dentist office right away. We would be glad to get you set up with a consultation.

What Causes Bruxism?

As mentioned, there are many different reasons why you would be suffering from bruxism. If you are a smoker, the use of nicotine might arouse the need to clench and grind your teeth especially while you are sleeping. Having a lot of stress can also cause you to clench and grind your teeth.

If you have a lot going on in your life, it can make you feel very tense. All of that tension goes somewhere, and it can translate to grinding your teeth. This is really common for people in their sleep. They often report waking up feeling like their teeth hurt.

You might start to get headaches. Your teeth can start to shift alignment, you can get chipped teeth, and you can actually grind down your molars.

What Are the Solutions to Bruxism?

If stress is causing you to grind and clench your teeth either at night or during the day, you might want to explore the idea of cognitive-behavioral therapy to help you deal with your life’s stressors.

In the meantime, to protect your teeth, we can fit you for a nightguard. This can prevent you from doing damage to your teeth when you clench and grind. You may also notice a reduction in headaches and soreness in your jaw.

Having a nightguard custom fit to your teeth is far better for your teeth and your jaw than going to a drugstore to get a generic one. You might suffer if you have an ill-fitting night guard. We make sure that the one we give you is going to help you feel better.

Call Our Calgary Dentist Today

When your life has been seriously affected by bruxism, we can help. This is a very solvable issue. We want to keep your teeth as healthy as possible. We urge you to reach out to us as soon as possible to get set up with a consultation.