cosmetic dentistry, we don't consider stress
as the main cause of grinding and clenching,
although grinding might be more pronounced
or elevated during stressful times in a
persons' life. We've seen happy and healthy
kids who grind their teeth away. But there are
many factors that trigger a person to grind
their teeth. Blaming the patient for being
too stressed out, telling them to reduce their
stressed levels and asking them to take stress
relieving therapy won't really help their
bruxism. They've been told all their lives to
relax. It didn't help.
Grinding is a habit developed and reinforced
over the years. The one who does it is not even
aware of the habit. Muscles in the jaw are
programmed and activated to cause the
destructive movements, according to leading
Years of bruxism will cause wear of dentition
like our patient above. The damage also
includes loose teeth, fractured teeth, muscle
pain and headaches in the morning when a
person wakes up. Consult with a Cosmetic
Dentist for treatments using dental appliances
like deprogramming splints and occlusal guards.
And also consult with a Cosmetic Dentist to
restore worn teeth or damage teeth.
One way to deprogram the habit of grinding
according to experts is to keep tongue
between the teeth during swallowing. It
prevents activation of jaw muscles. Try
multiple repetitions, a few times a day.
1. Rest: tongue between teeth
2. Swallow: teeth apart, still tongue
3. Rest again: teeth stay apart.
Jeff Velasquez, DDS
(severe bruxism, cosmetic dentistry)