FAQs About Bruxism

Bruxism is a medical term that is used to describe the habit of grinding or rubbing your teeth together. Teeth grinding is a common problem that affects many adults. A majority of the cases involve the upper jaw and the front teeth. It is also common in children and usually goes away as they mature. The grinding may not be severe enough to damage teeth but cause pain and discomfort. Here are a few frequently asked questions about grinding:

What is teeth grinding or bruxism?

Teeth grinding or bruxism is a common sleep-related disorder, which involves repeated involuntary grinding of the teeth during sleep. The most common symptoms include headaches, tooth wear, jaw pain, and problems with the temporomandibular joint. The grinding may be rhythmic and continuous or intermittent and irregular.

How will I know if I am teeth grinding in sleep?

If you are suffering from teeth grinding in sleep, you will likely feel pain in your jaw or face. You may also experience sore and tender teeth upon waking.

Fatigue, headache, or toothache are also common signs of teeth grinding. Sometimes, it can occur during the daytime, and you can notice the sound of grinding.

What are the different signs of teeth grinding?

There are several signs that may be present in an individual with this condition:

  • The person may be clenching their jaw or talking with a clenched jaw
  • They may feel pain in their temples and/or notice headaches
  • They can experience neck stiffness or soreness and muscle tension in the back of their neck or shoulders
  • They may notice earaches and ringing in the ears
  • They can experience increased tooth sensitivity, tooth wear, or dental work that becomes loose earlier than expected

What causes teeth grinding?

Potential causes can include stress, sleep deprivation, anxiety, a need to chew, a clenching habit, and a need to grind due to uneven bite. There could be other causes, which a dentist can detect after a thorough examination.

Is there a way to prevent teeth grinding?

There are a few ways to prevent teeth from grinding when it occurs excessively. The first thing is to learn how to relax your body and mind. You should try meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises to clear your head before bedtime and see if it helps you stop grinding your teeth at night.

If you are a heavy coffee drinker or prefer drinking soda, try switching to water instead. You can also consider chewing gum before bedtime as this will give you something else to focus on besides the feeling of grinding your teeth.

Depending on what is the cause of your teeth grinding, your dentist may suggest appropriate methods of prevention.

Is there a bruxism treatment?

You should visit your dentist and get a detailed examination. Dentists often recommend wearing a mouthguard and relaxation exercises to reduce stress. However, the dentist will first figure out what is the reason causing the issue and suggest the most suitable course of treatment.

To learn more about grinding and receiving bruxism treatment, please call or visit us at Randall Dentistry in Dallas.

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