Do you ever wake up from a night’s sleep with sore teeth or a sore jaw? You could be grinding your teeth. Grinding your teeth is known as bruxism and may occur on a regular basis. It can cause damage to your teeth and other oral health complications may arise.
Why Do People Grind Their Teeth?
Teeth grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that it is happening. Many times people learn that they grind their teeth from their loved one who hears the grinding at night. This is usually caused by stress and anxiety and is more prevalent in people whose lifestyle includes smoking, drinking alcohol and caffeine. It can also be caused by a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea.
Why Is Teeth Grinding Harmful?
Because grinding often occurs during sleep, the discomfort usually happens when you’re awake. This can cause headaches, facial pain, and stiffness in the jaw and surrounding muscles. In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth.
What Can I Do to Stop Grinding My Teeth?
If grinding is an issue for you, make an appointment to see us. We’ll first determine the extent of the damage that may have already occurred due to grinding and will give you the best solution that will keep your teeth strong and healthy. The best way to protect your teeth from a fracture is to wear a mouthguard at night to prevent your teeth from pressing against each other. Challenging though it may be, if this is caused by stress and anxiety, it’s important to find a way to achieve a more healthy lifestyle.
Please do not wait until your teeth grinding leads to sensitivity and pain. Schedule an appointment to see us for an evaluation and treatment plan. Our team will work with you to address the cause of your grinding, and determine a solution that will protect your teeth from any further damage.
For more information on keeping your teeth strong and healthy, please contact 828-631-3283. We look forward to assisting you!