Many people who grind their teeth don’t realize it
Grinding teeth together, a condition known as bruxism, may seem like a petty annoyance; however, most people who suffer from this persistent habit find that it is a hard one to break. The reason? Patients who grind their teeth usually do so while sleeping, which means they are blissfully unaware of what they are doing until after the fact.
Teeth grinding causes
Although no one knows exactly what causes those who suffer from bruxism to clench their facial muscles and grind their teeth, there are several possible contributing factors. Topping the list are stress and dehydration. Managing stress through relaxation techniques and getting enough physical exercise may help alleviate occurrences. Likewise, drinking an adequate amount of water throughout the day may help control occurrences and reduce severity of grinding.
Of course, the main concern with bruxism is that teeth may be damaged by severe grinding. In addition, bruxism may be contributing to other issues, such as jaw pain, neck pain and headaches, and it may be loud enough to disrupt the rest of a sleeping partner.
Grinding your teeth may be causing more problems than you realize. If you suffer from bruxism, taking care of your teeth may go beyond simply brushing and flossing.
If hydration and relaxation techniques are not helpful in controlling your condition, speak to your dental provider. Many types of mouth guards and splints are available to reduce grinding and protect your pearly whites. Your dental provider will know which type is best for you and can assist in sizing and fitting your guard for a perfect, comfortable fit.
For more information about the symptoms or treatments for teeth grinding, contact us today.