Some Changes at HomeSome home care tips can make it easier to cope with sleep bruxism or teeth grinding by managing the strain, pain and other symptoms.
- Nuts, popcorn and hard candies are hard foods. Avoid them.
- Be cautious with sticky foods like peanut butter that are hard to chew.
- Refrain from chewing gum.
- Increase head and neck support for sleeping, either by changing sleeping positions or the use of pillows.
- A hot compress or an ice pack can soothe pain.
Who can Help?While there are steps you can take at home, it is important to see your medical professional. A dentist can diagnose bruxism during a routine dental exam. It is important for you to talk with the dentist for optimal treatment for your child’s specific situation. A mouthguard or mouth splint could be called for, as they reduce damage to the teeth. Additionally, it is important to address other factors such as reducing stress, changing medications or treating associated conditions such as sleep apnea or GERD. Talk to your doctor about a referral to a physical therapist for mouth exercises. Your child may also want to speak with a counselor or trusted friend to help relieve stress or anxiety that can trigger bruxism.
Call NowIf your child is in pain now, do not wait to get your child the relief needed. Call for an appointment with Scott A. Babin, DDS and Associates today.
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