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Getting to the Crux of Bruxism

July 7, 2014


Every person is unique, especially when it comes to the idea of handling stress. Some people bite their nails while others may eat too much food. One of the more common ways people deal with stress is by grinding their teeth. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can not only be detrimental to your teeth, but for your entire mouth. With summer being here, there is no doubt you are going to meet many new people and reconnect with old friends and family during the season, and many people think it is important to have their smile as perfect as possible. Dr. Gary Klugman and Dr. Christina Bianco at Blanco Circle Dental Care are dedicated to making your smile the healthiest it can be, which is why they offer teeth grinding relief for their patients.

With teeth grinding, the continuous pressure and motion on your teeth can damage them, as well as your muscles and tissues surrounding the jaw area. Some of the more common side effects of bruxism include, but are not limited to, a sore jaw, headaches, and earaches. Shockingly, bruxism is most common among women, and is generally found in nearly one-third of the population. Constantly grinding your teeth can also attribute to TMJ dysfunction, which is something serious and should be handled immediately. The temporomandibular joints, located in the jaw, are responsible for allowing your jaw to open and close with ease, and when the integrity of the joints are compromised, it could lead to a much more serious issue in the future.

Luckily, a simple solution to your bruxism woes is wearing a nightguard. The nightguard we provide you with is completely custom made, able to fit your mouth and your mouth only. The nightguard will prevent you from being able to grind your teeth as well as absorb the pressure when you clench your jaw. Although a nightguard usually takes care of the issue, we have many other ways of alleviating your bruxism symptoms. Either way, everyone at Blanco Circle is ready to help you with whatever issue you need, as long as it results in a healthy, beautiful smile!

At Blanco Circle Dental Care, Dr. Gary Klugman and Dr. Christina Bianco provide quality general, cosmetic and sedation dentistry services. Our Salinas, CA dental office serves patients from Hollister, Monterey, Seaside, Prunedale, Marina, Greenfield, Gilroy, and King City. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.

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