You probably know someone who says he grinds his teeth at night or has a sore mouth in the morning. If you are in the same situation, this discomfort is due to bruxism. It is an unconscious habit that is usually acquired at an early age and we can identify it if we feel facial, head, neck or dental pain when we wake up. Pain can also be felt in the ears, in the back and sensitivity when consuming cold or hot food. Stress is the main factor.
Do you have bruxism?
Faced with this situation, we must know that the most important thing is to know the cause that provokes it, because although it can be stopped, it is important that if we are going through a bad period that causes us stress, complementary treatments must be sought.
Bruxism can bring about a series of consequences that, if not tackled, can be aggravated, such as: the loosening of pieces, their deterioration, the destruction of the bone that supports the tooth or the temporomandibular syndrome (alteration of the upper maxillary hinge that connects with the lower jaw and makes it not move correctly). To alleviate these symptoms, we can use the well-known discharge splint, which will relieve the pain.
What can I do to avoid bruxism?
The treatment of this syndrome depends on the circumstances the person is going through, so a series of tips are recommended:
- Sleep well. Avoid bad postures and try to sleep the recommended 7 or 8 hours of rest.
- Carry out relaxation exercises.
- Drink plenty of water. Avoid foods that prevent you from chewing well and that are too hard or too sweet.
- Maintain an upright posture when walking and sitting.
- Apply warm cloths or ice cream to the area.
Put a solution to it
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, it is recommended that you visit your dentist. He will ask you questions and do tests to determine if you are suffering from bruxism and to treat it. A timely treatment can avoid pain, discomfort and future consequences. Take care of your mouth!