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Treatment for Teeth Grinding in Virginia Beach

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Grinding your teeth, or bruxism, as it’s called officially, is a condition that affects nearly 20 percent of American adults and 18 percent of children. Those who suffer from this condition clench their jaws tightly and force their lower teeth against their upper teeth, either by rubbing them back and forth or by clamping and releasing the two sets repeatedly. This action is oftentimes subconscious. In fact, many people do this in their sleep. What causes people to do this is not understood completely, but if you experience pain when chewing or yawning, pain in your jaw, morning headaches, and your jaw muscles contracting rhythmically, it’s time to visit Tidewater Dental Group in Virginia Beach.

Skilled Dentist Treating Bruxism

If you put off seeing a dentist for bruxism, you run the risk of
  • Damaging your enamel and dental work
  • Damaging your jaw joint
  • Increasing your susceptibility to headaches
  • Loosening your teeth and increasing their sensitivity
This is a serious condition that causes harm, and there are things you can do at home to help with this behavior. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and chewing gum. Drink plenty of water and find ways to reduce your stress. What you really need, however, is a professional teeth grinding treatment plan. We can custom fit a mouth guard to your bite that you will not only prevent further damage but also discourage you from the motion in the first place. We can also show you some jaw exercises that will help you relax yet strengthen the muscles.

Also Serving Norfolk and Chesapeake

Tidewater Dental Group helps patients with all of their dental care needs in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake. If you’ve been a teeth grinder for a long time, you might also require our TMJ treatment. Contact us today at 757-424-1976 to schedule an appointment. We want to help you.