Shane Methal on How to Prevent Clenching and Grinding Teeth
Hi, my name is Dr. Shane Methal, here at Greene Street Dental in SoHo, New York. I've been in private practice both in Maryland and consequently back in New York for the last 17 years. My office website is www.greenestreetdental.com, that's green with an "e" at the end, and today I'm going to be talking about teeth and dentistry.
It's important to make sure you see your dentist first to rule out any discrepancies in your bite, which can be caused by missing teeth or misalignment of teeth, any skeletal or growth imbalances which could cause a discrepancy in your bite. Of course, there's always a behavioral component, which is the hardest thing to fix. It's also important to rule out any pathology in your jaw joint. After that, we can try several modalities, ranging from adjusting any discrepancies in your bite by re-equilibrating how your teeth come together, or sometimes the use of a night guard, or occlusal guard therapy, which can correct these discrepancies, reposition your lower jaw, and/or protect your teeth from any clenching or grinding.