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Bruxism(Teeth Grinding)

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Bruxism(Teeth Grinding)

Bruxism usually happens subconsciously either when your awake or during your sleep. Some of the symptoms include clenching your jaw, grinding or gnashing your teeth against each other.  The cause of this can either be stress, anxiety, sleep disorders or medications you are taking. The most effect treatment to stop grinding your teeth is with a nightguard.

The majority of people grind their teeth here and there. You normally don’t notice as it happens subconsciously. In moments of higher stress, you may find yourself grinding your teeth as a symptom. If this becomes a repetitive cycle of constantly grinding your teeth, this can put extra strain on your teeth leading to dental damage, headaches, jaw pain and other issues.

If you are concerned about the wear and pressure you are putting on your teeth, call our office today and we can schedule you in for a digital scan to show you areas which are affected the most on your teeth showing the effects of grinding. We can create a custom night guard for you to wear stopping further damage to your teeth.

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What Are The Causes Of Bruxism?

Stress & Anxiety

Feelings of stressed and being overwhelmed can result in the grinding of your teeth. If you have any anxiety disorders or suffer from depression, you are more prone to bruxism.

Sleep Apnea

Research has confirmed that there is a correlation between sleep apnea and teeth grinding, meaning that most people have both. It’s unclear if bruxism causes sleep apnea or the other way around.

Medication & Lifestyle

Patients who drink alcohol, smoke or consume lots of caffeine are twice as likely to grind their teeth as people who don’t. Certain medications may also make you subconsciously grind your teeth.

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Types Of Bruxism

Awake Bruxism

 

If you only grind your teeth during the waking hours, you might not need treatment. The best solution would be to find ways to increase your awareness and reduce your stress. Feelings of anxiety, stress or anger can make you grind your teeth. You will also notice yourself clenching your jaw when concentrating hard on something.

Sleep Bruxism

 

Grinding your clenching your teeth during your sleep is much more harmful than doing it in the waking hours since you do not even realize it’s happening. Patients who suffer from sleep bruxism will need treatment to manage the symptoms of grinding your teeth at night. A nightguard will be the best treatment plan for you.

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