Bruxism (Teeth grinding)
Do you wake up with a headache? Do your jaw muscles hurt in the morning? Have you experienced tooth sensitivity on upper and lower teeth? Talk to your dentist, because you may have a teeth grinding problem known as bruxism.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a habit of grinding your teeth, clenching them over and over, eventually causing tooth wear in the process. The pressure from grinding can cause teeth to break and crack, increasing the chances of gum problems. During your oral exam, our dentist will check for signs of bruxism.
Causes of teeth grinding
The causes of bruxism may include stress and anxiety. Not only adults grind teeth and research has shown, for example, that children grind their teeth as young as pre-school age and can develop this habit; studies of pre-schoolers found a correlation between grinding their teeth and signs of stress such as social withdrawal and anxiety.
Nail biting can also lead to bruxism.
As well some medications or recreational drugs may cause users to grind and clench their teeth and jaw. Alcohol, tobacco or caffeinated drinks can also increase the risk of bruxism.
Symptoms of Bruxism
Jaw pain, especially when you wake up in the morning (temporomandibular joints)
A morning headache
A filling falls out, especially after a recent visit to a dentist on the same tooth
Teeth that are flattened, fractured or chipped
Teeth sensitivity to hot and cold drinks or food
How do I help a child to stop grinding his or her teeth
Try to decrease your child's stress, most importantly before bedtime.
Make sure your child drinks plenty of water and stays hydrated through the day. Dehydration may be linked to bruxism.
Try stretching exercises and massage, in order to relax muscles.
Ask your dentist to check and monitor your child's teeth if you suspect they might be grinding teeth at night.
Custom Mouth guard
Our dentist can talk to you about using an oral appliance, also known as a night guard or mouth guard. A night guard is a hard-plastic tray that fits over either your top or bottom teeth to protect them and will help to reduce or stop grinding. This considered being the best treatment option to help with clench or grind your teeth.
Visit our dental clinic if you have any questions regarding Bruxism or other oral health questions. Our experienced team is here to help you.