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So You’re Grinding Your Teeth – How To Combat The Problem.

Grinding Your TeethTeeth grinding can be a serious problem. It is estimated that one in five adults grind their teeth so much that they risk serious long term tooth damage from this activity. Dentists in Coos Bay and dentists in North Bend have both reported teeth grinding as both a dental problem affecting many, and also one that the public isn’t very informed about. A toothache in North Bend, or a toothache in Coos Bay might seem like the result of a cavity, or too many sweets, but these Oregon Bay area dentists are finding many times it is a result of grinding teeth.

So if twenty percent of adults grind their teeth, why aren’t more people educated and aware of the damage it may cause? Usually it’s because teeth grinding is done at night while people are sleeping. They may have no idea they are grinding their teeth at night until one day they realize they have a chipped tooth. Or that their teeth seem to be wearing down for no reason. A good dentist will usually be able to spot the problem during a checkup, but how can you combat the problem on your own? Luckily there are a variety of ways to help with teeth grinding problems.

Use These Techniques To Stop Grinding Your Teeth!

Grinding-Teeth 1. Relax

This might seem like a pretty simple way to combat teeth grinding, but it is the easiest way to help with the problem. Stress is a primary reason for grinding teeth, and because most teeth grinding is done while sleeping, it is very important to unwind and be relaxed before bed. Taking a hot bath, listening to soothing music, or relaxing with a good book are just a few ways to help get you in a relaxed state before bed. Try to relax during the day as well. Regular exercise is a great way to feel relaxed by the end of the day, and is good for your health as well.

2. Watch What You Drink

Drinking too much caffeine can be a major cause of teeth grinding, and tension in general. Especially if you do so before bed. Caffeine is a stimulant, and will make you tenser than you would normally be without caffeine. Many people don’t even understand how much caffeine they might be ingesting a day. Cutting back on caffeine, especially at night when you should be trying to relax before bed, is very important to curbing your teeth grinding. An added benefit is that your teeth will also do well from skipping out on the carbonated acids in sodas, and the teeth staining properties of coffee.

These are just two techniques that you can do yourself to prevent chronic teeth grinding. Tension often leads to jaw tightening, which leads to teeth grinding. Relaxation techniques and using caffeine in moderation are two ways you can cut back on the stress and tension, and therefore cut back on the teeth grinding. Also be sure to let your doctor know, as he can often provide other tips to help.

Are You Grinding Your Teeth? How To Find Out.

Talk to any dentist in Coos Bay, or any dentist in North Bend, and they will tell you that one dental problem most people don’t think about is teeth grinding. They’ll also tell you that a lot of the times a toothache in Coos Bay, or a toothache in North Bend could be directly attributed to teeth grinding. But it’s not just a problem affecting the Oregon Bay area, tooth grinding is a worldwide phenomenon. In fact studies show that roughly twenty percent of adults grind their teeth to such a degree that they risk long term tooth and jaw problems.

Greending Teeth

Dentists have done their fair share over the years educating the public on maintaining dental health. Most people know that brushing, flossing, and watching the foods they eat are a must for maintaining good dental health. But for some reason teeth grinding hasn’t got it’s fair share of attention, which is surprising when you look at the before mentioned figure that one out of five adults not only grind their teeth, but do so to the point that they risk serious dental damage. Because most people are unaware when they grind their teeth, either because they do it while sleeping, or subconsciously while awake, let’s take a look at some of the symptoms.

Symptoms Of Teeth Grinding

1. Tooth Damage

This can range from obvious damage, to damage you might not even notice without a careful inspection. Flattening and wearing on the teeth may be gradual, so get familiar with your mouth. If you notice some of your teeth seem to be getting worn down that is a sign. Some tooth damage is pretty obvious however. Chipped teeth are a big warning sign that you are grinding your teeth, and doing so extensively.

2. Sore Jaw

Teeth grinding obviously affects the jaw, as that is what you are using to grind your teeth in the first place. A good way to catch teeth grinding early and before permanent damage is done, is to pay attention to any changes in how your jaw feels. If it is unusually tight, or even sore, and you can think of no direct injury which may be causing these feelings, there’s a good chance it’s from grinding your teeth.

3. Headaches And Earaches

Headaches And Earaches

Headaches and earaches are classic symptoms of jaw tension. And grinding teeth is a classic way to get jaw tension. While you may be experiencing headaches and earaches for a variety of reasons, experiencing both is usually a pretty good sign that you may be grinding your teeth. If you experience these headaches and earaches in the morning, right after you get out of bed or around that time frame, this is a huge warning sign that you are grinding your teeth all night.

As mentioned earlier, many people are habitual teeth grinders and don’t even know it. Or often they realize so late that some dental damage has already been done. If you experience any of the symptoms above talk to your dentist. They have a lot of experience with this problem, and can oftentimes prescribe the right treatment to take care of it.

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