Many people are feeling stressed and anxious in the Pandemic environment. Everyone’s life has been changed in some way. Many people deal with stress and anxiety by grinding their teeth (sometimes without realizing they are doing it). This is intended to be simply a quick reference summary of key facts about teeth grinding (Bruxism).bruxism - paid - Depositphotos 111808706 s-2019

Problems commonly caused by teeth grinding

  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Muscle tightness
  • Loose or broken teeth

The two types of bruxism

  • Diurnal bruxism – grinding while awake
  • Nocturnal bruxism – grinding during sleep

One way teeth grinding can be prevented by using a mouth guard designed for the purpose. The American Dental Association identifies 3 types of bruxism mouth guards:

  • Custom made - by a dentist (usually the most comfort)
  • Boil and Bite – You buy a kit over the counter, then boil the guard in water to soften it. Finally, you bite down on it to make it conform to the shape of your mouth and teeth.
  • Stock – Some companies offer pre-fabricated mouthguards that are ready to wear (probably the leas comfortable.

It is important to see your dentist and discuss the treatment options available to you. A mouth guard may be right for you. Sometimes other treatments are in order:

  • Repairing damage to your teeth.
  • Exercises or physical therapy to reduce jaw stiffness and pain.
  • Psychotherapy to help you manage the stress or anxiety causing your bruxism.
  • Medication to relax muscles an reduce anxiety or stress.