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Have you been experiencing teeth grinding lately? Has this resulted in pain and discomfort, especially while eating? Charles A. Peter, DMD, PL wants to help you ease your pain by finding out your symptoms and discover which source of treatment is best for you. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is the consequence of constant grating of the teeth, which often creates damage.

Damage may include effects on jaw muscles, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and teeth. An abnormal bite, missing teeth, sleep disorders, anxiety, or stress may be the cause. Some indications of teeth grinding include:

– Cracked dental fillings, injured gums and/or teeth
– Tenderness of your lower jaw
– Painful jaw muscles or pain in the face
– Cramps of the jaw muscles
– Clicking or popping of the TMJ
– Continual headaches

Contact your doctor about possibly examining your medications if stress or anxiety contribute to your bruxism as well as other options to reduce your stress. Teeth grinding may also result in changes of the face, esthetic issues, fractures, and loss of teeth. The TMJ and chewing muscles may be affected by teeth grinding due to force on the teeth.

To prevent teeth grinding, some tips include:

– Avoiding foods and drinks containing caffeine due to deterioration and/or irritation.
– Try training your tongue to rest behind your teeth to stop yourself from grinding or clenching during the day.
– Have your dentist fit you with a night guard to protect your teeth while you sleep.
– Stop using alcohol or smoking.

Another tip to use is abstain from opening, sucking, or chewing wood or plastics such as pens, pencils, containers, or straws. To help you stop your teeth grinding, Charles A. Peter, DMD, PL wants to give you ways to quit and ease your discomfort. Contact us at 727-785-7202 here in Clearwater, Florida to get an appointment or consultation today.