If you tend to grind or clench your teeth at night, you may be suffering from a condition called Bruxism. The condition can suddenly happen or develop over time. The condition’s severity also depends on the individual. Some of the symptoms you may experience can include facial pain or fatigue, especially in the jaw region. This is a result of the jaw muscles continuously clenching. Additionally, you may also wake up with a headache from the clenching. It is also common for your teeth to become more sensitive, painful or loose.
Often bruxism is a result of emotional or physical stress. Physical stress can be from physical exercises, nutrition, overall lifestyle or sleeping habits, just to name a few. Emotional stress can include things such as financial hardships, work-related problems or relationship issues.
Treatment can be as simple as implementing a relaxing bedtime routine. Whether it be through meditation, music or scent. Taking the time to relax before bed can help reduce stress and change your mentality. Other treatment options are best recommended by your dentist. Sometimes we can recommend a night guard or specific jaw exercises to help.
To book an appointment with our dental office in London, contact us at Southwood Dental Studio. We want to keep your teeth healthy and get a good night’s rest!
– Dr. Sanjay Agrawal