Ending Your Teeth Grinding Habit

Do you grind your teeth or clench your jaw? Does the stress of day to day life have you grinding your teeth, even in your sleep? If you wake up with frequent headaches, you may be grinding your teeth and not even realize it. Dr. Roy Eskow and Dr. Adam Eskow encourage patients who grind or clench their teeth to find help. Bruxism can cause dental trauma, deteriorating your oral health and the function of your bite. Dr. Eskow and Eskow can help you break your teeth grinding habit with precise diagnosis and comprehensive treatment planning.

How Can I Stop Grinding My Teeth?

Many patients are frustrated by chronic headaches, jaw pain, and even chronic fatigue, and fill mystified as to why they feel this way. In many cases it may be caused by teeth grinding in the sleep also called, bruxism, can involve both teeth grinding and jaw clenching and most often occurs during sleep. This may leave you asking, “If I am not aware that I’m grinding my teeth, how can I stop it?”

Symptoms of Bruxism

Knowing the symptoms of bruxism can help you start a conversation with your dentist about beginning treatment. The following are common signs you may grind your teeth in your sleep.

  • Frequent dull headache
  • Jaw or neck soreness
  • Painful or loose teeth
  • Cracked teeth

Teeth grinding is commonly related to high levels of stress and anxiety. Sleep disorders, crooked teeth, malocclusion, and TMJ can also contribute to the cause of bruxism. For some patients, life style changes, and stress management may help reduce bruxism. Meditation, relaxation techniques, exercise, yoga, or therapy may help.

In cases where teeth have been damaged or a maloclussion is present, dental teratment may be requried to bring alignment to the bite. Dr. Eskow and Eskow provide personalized and comprhesnive treatment plans to help patinets restore the health of their teeth and gums. Treatment options for bruxism include:

  • Dental crowns
  • Tooth bonding
  • Dental veneers
  • Orthodontics

Schedule A Consultation

Teeth grinding can occur in both adults and children. If you or a loved one is experiencing teeth grinding, contact our Bethesda Dental Implant Center to learn more about how we can help prevent further damage to your oral health. Contact our Bethesda office or schedule your consultation online.