Teeth grinding is not only an unpleasant habit, but can develop into a real health problem. If you grind your teeth against each other at night, you will inevitably break them. The chewing surface wears down, the enamel is damaged, caries can develop. But the consequences can go much further, as the jaw muscles work and cramp under high strain. Tinnitus, headaches, pain in the neck and throat are common accompanying symptoms that severely affect the quality of life of the affected...
But what can someone do if they are afflicted by teeth grinding? We clarify.
The best solution to fight teeth grinding is to identify the causes and eliminate them. However, this can sometimes take a long time or never be the case. As a solution to fight the symptoms, especially to prevent further damage to the dentition, grinding splints are often prescribed by the doctor.
The grinding splint prevents rubbing between the upper and lower jaws. When the jaws move, the teeth only slide over the plastic of the splint or are even embedded in it, which does not damage it. With the splint, it must be professionally fitted. In any case, a consultation with the dentist is useful because he can only make the diagnosis because of various symptoms. However, there are already grinding splints on the market that do not require the lengthy process and fitting by a dental technician, such as a Bruxima grinding splint that can be ordered online. This is a dental splint that is heated in warm water. This softens the plastic. Now you quickly put it in your mouth, bite down on it and wait for the plastic to cool. Thus, the splint is adapted to one's own dentition and can be used during the night while sleeping. Incidentally, this principle has also proved successful in similar applications, such as denture protection for contact sports.
Parallel to the use of the grinding splint, one should identify the causes of teeth grinding. The most common reasons are psychological: stress, anxiety and nervousness. This is not surprising, many in our society are no longer able to cope with the pressure from work and family. Emotions that can be often suppressed during the day are released during sleep and can lead to teeth grinding.
Ways to deal with stress are meditation, autogenic training and simply shifting down a gear. I suffered from teeth grinding. I could get rid of the grinding splint only after my nighttime grinding disappeared due to a job change. I would never have admitted it to myself and I didn't feel that way, but my job at the time put a lot of psychological strain on me.