5 Things You Need To Know If You Grind Your Teeth
61% OF OUR PATIENTS POLLED CLAIM TO GRIND THEIR TEETH.
Many people grind their teeth while sleeping, though this is not always the case. Most patients aren’t consciously aware that they are doing it. The consequences of severe teeth grinding, known as bruxism are headaches, jaw pain and damaged, worn teeth. Below we’ve listed 5 things to know if you’re affected:
Teeth grinding could be stress related
Studies have shown that if you are anxious often, or tense you are more likely to grind your teeth. Caffeine intake and smoking have also been linked.
You can be affected at any age
Since stress is the main cause of teeth grinding, you could become a grinder or clencher at any point in your life.
Not only the aesthetics of your teeth are affected
When bruxism is frequent and severe, grinding your teeth can aggravate your jaw joints, which can cause tightness or headaches.
Children are most affected
Children may grind their teeth when they’re coping with earaches or teething. Kids who drool at night, talk in their sleep or have a psychological disorder are more likely to grind their teeth. Luckily, children usually outgrow it by adolescence.
There is a solution
Good news is, the consequences of teeth grinding are treatable. Your dentist can fit you for a guard.
Sometimes, just changing the position you sleep in, or eliminating caffeine or smoking before bed can reduce teeth grinding.
Daytime teeth grinding is easier to manage because you’re more aware of it. If you notice yourself grinding or clenching your teeth, try to relax your jaw with your mouth closed and your teeth apart.
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