What is Bruxism and why do you grind your teeth?

Teeth grinding is likely to affect everyone from time to time and is often linked to stress. This condition may affect some more than others and more often than not, it occurs during sleep.

Occasional teeth grinding does not usually result in any harm as the duration is not long and the pressure on teeth is not constant. However,

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if it is a regular issue then teeth can become damaged and other oral health issues may also arise. Bruxism is likely to occur because of crooked or missing teeth or an abnormal bite. It can also be caused by a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea or as a side effect of some medications.

Most people are unaware that they grind their sleep as it is usually happening in their sleep. There are, however, some signs and symptoms that point towards Bruxism such as dull constant headaches, sore jaws in the mornings or visible wears to your teeth. People often discover that they grind their teeth when partners or family members hear or see them doing it in their sleep. If you think you do grind your teeth your dentist will be able to check for you.

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Bruxism can be harmful in chronic cases as the constant grinding can loosen teeth, increase decay and can even result in teeth becoming little more than stumps which then require treatments such as crowns, bridges, implants and in some cases full dentures may be needed.

Your dentist can provide you with a mouth guard to help reduce damages to teeth and if your Bruxism is stress related then stress treatments and regimes will likely end it. Treating the causes is usually the best method but there are a few other things that can help with teeth grinding:

  • Avoid chewing gum and anything that is not edible such as the ends of pens and pencils.
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol.
  • Relax your jaw before sleeping by pressing a warm cloth to your check just below your ears.
  • If you catch yourself grinding your teeth in the day try placing your tongue between your teeth, this will help your jaw relax.

Speaking to your dentist will help you gain a better understanding of your Bruxism as each case is unique and depends on the individual. Your dentist will be able to advise you on different treatment options depending on the cause.

Call our friendly team for professional advice on 01495 224175 now to see what options are available to you.