With the appropriate care, your permanent teeth can last a
lifetime. However, many Americans are causing damage to their permanent teeth
without even being aware of such problematic issues. Teeth grinding in Fairfax, VA
is a leading cause of jaw pain
and enamel deterioration. Dr.
J. Alexander Withers helps patients manage this concern through targeted
solutions, aimed at improving overall dental health.
An Unconscious Habit
Many people are entirely unaware that they are grinding
their teeth. Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, often occurs during sleep.
Though occasional bruxism is relatively common and is unlikely to cause damage
to the teeth and jaw, chronic grinding can lead to a range of various problems.
These are just some of the concerns associated with bruxism:
Worn down enamel
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
Can I Prevent
There are some strategies that may assist those afflicted by
nightly teeth grinding. For instance, avoiding foods and beverages with
caffeine and limiting alcohol consumption can be one method of hindering
triggers for bruxism. It is imperative to make a conscious effort to relax your
jaw before falling asleep and avoidance in chewing on hard surfaces, or items
that are not meant for consumption. Prescription drugs may also assist in
reducing the anxiety and stress that triggers nightly grinding.
Using a Mouth Guard
A mouth guard (also called an occlusal) is a small tray that
fits against the upper row of teeth. Each guard is precisely custom made to fit
individual patients. Drug store mouth guard kits are available as well, but do
not offer the same precise fit, as that of custom trays.
Although a mouth guard will assist in preventing the wear
and damage associated with bruxism, it does not remedy the cause of the
occurrence. A consultation with a dentist, specializing in bruxism and TMJ
concerns, is recommended to determine the underlying cause. Patients will then
have access to the personalized recommendations required to manage this
Make Your Appointment
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Withers,
please call (571) 317-2563. New patient consultations regarding bruxism, laser
dentistry, and dental implants are always welcome.
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