Do You Grind Your Teeth While You Sleep?

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Here is the Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry guide to treating teeth grinding.

Understand
Most teeth grinding will occur while sleeping. Consistent teeth grinding might be suspected with a sore jaw and dull headache in the mornings. Anxiety or stress are not the only reasons grinding may appear. It can also be related to an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth.

Visit Dentist
Bruxism is a medical term used for grinding teeth. Bruxism can be identified by Dr. Gordon West through an oral examination of jaw tenderness and abnormalities in the teeth. Discuss a possible nightguard for teeth grinding.

Get Control
When tooth grinding occurs, the fear is resulting oral damage and pain. Here at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry we support oral health in many ways. Here are three things that may help:

1. Control caffeine or alcohol intake as these may increase tooth grinding.
2. Avoid gum and prohibit pen or pencil chewing. This benefits the jaw as it keeps the jaw from clenching repeatedly.
3. Allow the jaw to relax; sometimes just setting your tongue between your teeth will help your jaw relax.

Every individual in our community from Boulder to Lafayette deserves a good night’s sleep as well as a pain-free, headache-free morning.

It’s no problem to come down to our office at 1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201, Lafayette, Colorado 80026 and consult with Dr. West about this or any other dental concern. Call 720-862-3630 today to schedule an appointment.

We are enthusiastic about healthy, happy patients. A beautiful, confident smile allows full, honest interaction with others. Don’t live with pain. Consider the benefits of cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, or dental implants. Ask about dental crowns, teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, or prepless veneers. Your needs are essential to us.

Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, where we offer state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment, at 720-862-3630 and discover a trustworthy practice that offers critical knowledge and the highest quality of care.

Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado 80026
720-862-3630
http://www.bouldercountysmiles.com/services/