The Daily Grind – Bruxism

Do you sometimes find yourself clinching your teeth, or do you grind your teeth in your sleep? Maybe you wake up in the morning with a dull headache or jaw soreness with pain in your face that you can’t explain.  If you’ve experienced any of these problems you may be suffering from a condition known as Bruxism or more commonly known as teeth grinding.

According to www.colgate.com – Bruxism is clenching or grinding your teeth. Most people are not even aware that they are doing this. In the United States, bruxism affects about 30 million to 40 million children and adults.

In adults, most cases of bruxism are caused by stress and anxiety.  Other causes are sleep disorders, crooked or missing teeth or an abnormal bite.  If you are suffering from stress and anxiety, find ways to help relax. Light exercise such as taking a walk or listening to calming music may help.  About 30% of children grind or clench their teeth and most of them eventually outgrow this and suffer no permanent damage.

If  bruxism in adults or children is related to dental problems, a more thorough examination may be needed.  As well as checking your “bite” (how your upper and lower teeth come together) Dr Brogdon will examine your teeth and gums for damage and may take x-rays of your jaws and teeth.  He may have to adjust your teeth alignment.

Ask Dr Brogdon about fitting you for a mouthguard (a dental appliance) that you can wear at night to help protect your teeth while you sleep.  In some cases this may be all you need.

We live in a stressful world.  Call us today at 423-870-5698 and let us at Brogdon Dental help relieve a little of your daily grind!

Back to School Sports – Mouthguards

With school back in session and football season fast approaching, we wanted to discuss the use of mouthguards to protect your teeth.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry…

A mouthguard is a flexible appliance that is worn in athletic and recreational activities to protect teeth from trauma. The dental profession unanimously supports the use of mouthguards in a variety of sports activities.  A mouthguard can prevent serious injuries such as broken teeth, jaw fractures, cerebral hemorrhage and neck injuries by helping to avoid situations where the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw. Mouthguards are effective in moving soft tissue in the oral cavity away from the teeth, preventing laceration and bruising of the lips and cheeks, especially for those who wear orthodontic appliances. They may also reduce the severity and incidence of concussions.

Mouthguards should be worn by players in a number of sporting activities including, basketball, softball, football, wrestling, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, in-line skating and martial arts, as well as recreational sports such as skateboarding and bicycling.

Here are some points to remember for the proper care of your mouthguard.

  • Clean your mouthguard by washing it with soap and cool (not hot) water.
  • Before storing, soak your mouthguard in mouthwash.
  • Keep your mouthguard in a well-ventilated, plastic storage box when not in use. Make sure the box has several holes so the mouthguard will dry.
  • Heat is bad for a mouthguard, so don’t leave it in direct sunlight or in a closed automobile.
  • Don’t bend your mouthguard when storing.
  • Don’t handle or wear someone else’s mouthguard.
  • Call your dentist if there are any problems.

The best mouthguard is one made by your dentist to fit your mouth. Call us today at Brogdon Dental to set up an appointment to have your child fitted before participating in their sport activities.