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What You Need to Know About Teeth Grinding


What You Need to Know About Teeth Grinding
Posted on February 18, 2021

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is quite common in both children and adults. Although children tend to outgrow this habit, some adults find that this is an on-going issue.

Here’s what you need to know about how bruxism can affect your dental health.

What Is Teeth Grinding?

Teeth grinding usually occurs while you are asleep but can also affect some people during the day. It involves an individual either clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth together.

Signs That You Grind Your Teeth

There are several indicators to watch for when determining whether you suffer from bruxism.

  • If you share a bed with a partner, they may have told you that you grind your teeth while you sleep.
  • You may also notice that your teeth are starting to wear down, flatten, or even chip in places.

If you are experiencing increased sensitivity or pain in your teeth, or even discomfort in your jaw, neck, and face, these could all be signs of bruxism. In more severe cases, an individual may experience headaches or damage to dental work, such as fillings and crowns.

What Causes Teeth Grinding?

Several factors can contribute to teeth grinding. Here are some common causes:

Age and Bruxism

Bruxism is common in young children, especially as they adjust to having teeth for the first time. This typically isn’t a cause for worry as they will outgrow this habit in time. However, it’s always best to speak to your child’s dentist if you have any concerns.

Bruxism and Medication Side Effects

A new medication could be to blame if you have noticed a recent increase in bruxism. Talk to your doctor to discuss if your medication is causing these side effects..

Stress and Teeth Griding

Stress and other repressed emotions can lead to jaw clenching and teeth grinding during sleep.

Tooth Grinding Prevention

Early detection is key to preventing any further damage to your teeth. Although it can feel impossible to stop a behaviour that happens in your sleep, some proven methods help.

Stress-Reducing Activities

Participating in activities such as exercise, spending time outdoors, yoga, meditation, or talking with a friend can greatly reduce stress levels.

You may find that adding these practices into your day makes a notable difference in your symptoms.

Get Fitted for a Mouthguard

If you are concerned about tooth grinding, make an appointment with your dentist. They will do a thorough examination, check your bite and alignment, and look for any signs of wear on your teeth.

Depending on the severity of your case, your dentist may recommend a mouthguard. At Creekview Dental, we use custom-fit mouthguards to ensure a comfortable fit and the best protection for your teeth. With various styles and fits available, we will recommend the ideal solution to help you feel assured. Mouthguards are also covered under most benefit plans.

Make an Appointment Today

If you would like to discuss any questions and concerns about tooth grinding, give Creek View Dental a call today at 905-685-0000 or email us at info@creekviewdental.ca. You can also book an appointment online!

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