It is very common for people to grind their teeth when they are sleeping. Although they may not be aware they are doing it, the consequences of severe teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, are jaw pain, headaches, and damaged worn 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 are 4 things to know if you’re affected by grinding:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The good news is that there is a solution and teeth grinding is treatable. Mouthguards that are worn at night can help to protect your teeth and one of our Dentists can help fit you for a guard. Sometimes just changing the position you sleep in or eliminating smoking or caffeine before bed can also help to reduce teeth grinding.
Call Portrait Dental today to book an appointment or inquire about your concerns with teeth grinding.