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How Can I Stop Grinding my Dentures?

Posted on 5/15/2024 by Dallas Prosthodontics
Photo of dentures from Dallas Prosthodontics in Dallas, TXGrinding dentures, medically known as bruxism, can be a frustrating and uncomfortable experience. Whether it is a subconscious habit or a stress response, addressing this issue is crucial for maintaining the longevity and comfort of your dentures. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to put a halt to denture grinding:

Understanding the Root Cause

The first step is to identify why you are grinding your dentures. Stress, anxiety, misaligned dentures, or an uneven bite can contribute to this habit. Pinpointing the root cause can guide you toward the most effective solutions.

Regular Check-ups

Schedule regular appointments with our dentist to ensure your dentures fit properly and identify any signs of wear or misalignment. Ill-fitting dentures are a common trigger for grinding, and addressing this issue can significantly reduce the tendency to grind.

Mindful Relaxation Techniques

Incorporating relaxation techniques into your daily routine can be immensely beneficial if stress is a factor. Deep breathing, meditation, or yoga can help alleviate stress and reduce the likelihood of grinding.

Oral Exercises

Strengthening the muscles around your mouth and jaw can sometimes alleviate bruxism. Consult with our dentist for specific exercises tailored to your needs. Also, reduce or eliminate stimulants like caffeine and nicotine, especially in the evening. These substances can exacerbate grinding tendencies and interfere with restful sleep.

Customized Mouthguard

Our dentist can create a custom-fitted mouthguard to wear at night. This protective barrier prevents direct contact between your upper and lower dentures and mitigates the effects of grinding. Train yourself to avoid clenching or grinding during the day by staying conscious of the position of your jaw. Simple habits like keeping your tongue between your teeth can discourage grinding.

Remember, overcoming denture grinding is gradual and often involves lifestyle adjustments and professional guidance. By taking proactive steps and working closely with our dentist, you can significantly reduce the impact of bruxism on your dentures and oral health.

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