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Many people have bruxism – the clinical term for chronic teeth grinding – but few actually take the steps necessary to treat it. If you ignore the bruxism, it can lead to a lot of big problems that can take a lot of effort to fix.

To help you avoid those problems, we recommend reviewing the following information to help you treat your bruxism and keep your teeth in the best possible shape.

What causes bruxism?

No one really knows the root cause of bruxism, but it’s widely thought that a big cause is daily stress. If you have a highly stressful job, or you don’t manage stress well, it can definitely lead to you grinding teeth during the day or even when you’re asleep.

How do I stop it?

If your bruxism is stress-related, it’s likely Dr. Anthony Foster will recommend some form of stress-reduction therapy. This is usually coupled with wearing a mouth guard while sleeping.

A mouth guard may seem cumbersome at first, but it’s one of the best ways to save your teeth. A mold is taken of your teeth while you’re in our office, then a custom mouth guard is built. It takes a few nights to get used to, but once you do it’ll feel natural to wear at night.

To get started on treating your bruxism, call us today at 718-673-8060. We look forward to helping you and your smile!