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Can Earplugs Help You to Stop Grinding Your Teeth?
Can Earplugs Help You to Stop Grinding Your Teeth?

Do you ever wake up in the morning with terrible soreness in your jaw or neck? Do you suffer from regular earaches or tension-type headaches? If you said yes to these questions you might be suffering from a condition called bruxism.

The word bruxism is medical terminology for grinding of the teeth, and it can be caused by a number of things – feelings of anxiety or anger, misalignment of the upper and lower teeth, stomach acid reflux, as a side effect of certain medications or diseases, or just as a habitual coping method.

Finding relief from the symptoms that come with constantly grinding your teeth can be difficult since splints can be irritating to wear and prevent you from sleeping naturally. Luckily, we now have alternatives available such as the Cerezen earplug.

A special type of earplug, each set is specially molded to perfectly fit the wearer’s ear canal. The concept behind these earplugs is to fit right behind the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) in order to create pressure on the joint whenever you attempt to clench or grind your teeth together. This pressure then causes your ear canal to contract, pushing down on the earplug and causing mild discomfort. This causes your jaw to subconsciously correct itself, basically training your mouth not to participate in this behavior any more.

Grinding your teeth can cause a whole lot of health problems, especially for your mouth. When you bite down, your jaw is able to produce approximately 120 pounds of pressure. Think of all the damage that kind of pressure can do to your teeth!

Over time, your teeth will wear down and you may end up needing crown replacements or other restorative surgery. More immediate symptoms of this condition include pain-causing tension in the muscles of the face, neck and back.

Are you interested in using a splint or earplug to treat bruxism? Our Merced dentists, including, Dr. Alois Regalado, will certainly thank you for your dedication and diligence in protecting your teeth from harm!  For more information about treatments for teeth grinding, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (209) 385-1479.

Would you ever consider wearing a set of Cerezen earplugs to stop teeth grinding? Why or why not?





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