Are you waking up with headaches? Does your jaw get sore or lock? You may be clenching or grinding your teeth and not even know it!
Signs you may be grinding your teeth include:
- Tight or sore jaw muscles
- Popping or clicking or the tempromandibular joint
- Broken or chipped teeth or restorations
Dr. Jessica Goldenberg educates her patients by explaining that the most common cause of bruxing is anxiety or stress, but may be caused by other factors. Some diseases may cause the nerves or muscles of the face to twitch causing grinding such as Huntington’s or Parkinson’s disease. Malocclusion, when the upper and lower teeth do not align properly, may lead to grinding as well. Sometimes it is a side effect of medications used to treat depression such as Zoloft or Prozac.
Sometimes people are aware they are bruxing or are informed by person they sleep next to who can hear it. However, most people are unaware. Both Dr. Joel Goldenberg and Dr. Jessica Goldenberg always evaluate the occlusal/ chewing surfaces of your teeth during each examination. If you are seeing one of the talented dental hygienists at Goldenberg Dentistry they will always evaluate your teeth and bring any changes or abnormalities to the doctor’s attention.
Once bruxism is diagnosed it is important to try to treat it by trying to stop grinding and prevent further damage.
Treatment for clenching/grinding:
- Reduce stress
- Have a bite/night guard fabricated by Goldenberg Family Dentistry
- Correct misaligned teeth with Invisalign or braces
- Avoid caffeine and stimulants- coffee, tea, soda and sugar especially near bedtime
- Avoid alcohol- it can disrupt sleep
- Seek care from an acupuncturist or chiropractor
If you think you might be clenching or grinding, contact Goldenberg Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation!