Bruxism is a habit of grinding or clenching the teeth. Clenching means you are tightly holding your top and bottom teeth together. Grinding is when you slide your teeth back and forth over each other. Bruxism can happen in children and adults.
Some people with bruxism wake themselves up during the night with loud clenching or a grinding sound. Sometimes other people can hear it. And for some people, it may be silent.
What causes bruxism?
The causes are not known for certain. But it can be related to stress, sleep disorders, and an abnormal bite are some of the things that may play a role.
What are the symptoms of bruxism?
- Headache or earache
- Sore jaw
- Jaw clicking
- Frequent toothaches
- Sensitive teeth
- Facial pain
- Worn or cracked teeth or fillings
- Tongue indentations
How is bruxism is treated?
- Stress reduction methods
- A protection night guard worn over the teeth while sleeping
- Exercises to relax jaw muscles
- Fillings or other dental treatment to repair damaged teeth
The dentists here at Timeless Smiles can diagnose bruxism by checking for unusual wear spots on your teeth and looking at any related symptoms. Regular dental checkups are important to find damage in the early stages. Our dentists may recommend that you wear a night guard during sleep. Night guards are custom made by your dentist. It prevents teeth from touching and it protects teeth from wearing down. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms talk to us today; we would love to help ☺️