Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night to an awful sounding noise, a noise that just won’t go away until you wake up your loved one lying next to you? I have, and the noise can be pretty horrifying if it is loud enough. I find myself waking up to this noise, which is called bruxism, also known as tooth grinding.
Bruxism normally happens when a person is sleeping or taking a nap. The person does not realize that he/she does this (even though everyone around him may hear it). There is a possibility of the person who grinds their teeth to soon begin to develop a lot of dental problems if it is not caught early on. So make sure you listen to the person telling you that you grind your teeth and go see your dentist.
Some of the common problems that can occur with Bruxism can be your teeth loosening up and with your gums receding. There is also the probability that your teeth may become misaligned and may need some help to be readjusted. The worst thing that may happen is that you could lose your teeth.
Bruxism can occur in an individualif their teeth are real sensitive to heat or cold. If your blood sugar is not under control and fluctuates a lot you may also grind your teeth. Stress and anxiety is another big factor in developing bruxism. So try and keep your stress an anxiety level at a minimum.
Here are a few helpful suggestions to help you to keep your Bruxism at bay.
Suggestion 1: Try not to drink any alcohol. Alcohol can make the tooth grinding worse.
Suggestion 2: If you like sweet foods. Try not to eat them for about six hours prior to going to sleep. Try and opt for a healthier snack.
Suggestion 3: Try to eliminate any stress that is in your life, it will only make it worse. Learn some techniques for relaxing. Something like yoga.
Suggestion 4: Avoid foods that are high in fat.
Suggestion 5: Eat a lot of high fiber fruits.
Suggestion 6: Eat a lot of fresh vegetables.
If you find yourself grinding your teeth after trying the above suggestions. Make that appointment with your dentist. The dentist should be able to fit you with a mouth piece that you will wear over your teeth. This will keep you from grinding your teeth and possibly losing them altogether. Your bruxism won’t be cured but at least it can help prevent any further damage to your teeth.
I hope this helps you to understand how important it is to see your dentist and keeping yourself healthy.