Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, occurs commonly in many adults. But if it becomes frequent and excessive, it can pose serious problems. So how do you know when to call your dentist and what can you do to relieve it?
If you grind your teeth excessively and let the condition go untreated, you risk more serious issues later. Excessive teeth grinding can result in:
If these conditions develop, you may end up needing more expensive dental treatments like crowns, bridges or implants. This will obviously cost more money, but also time—doing something most people don’t consider fun.
So how can you detect teeth grinding?
Common occasional teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety and is often done while sleeping. You might not realize you’re doing it, but a partner or child may hear you. Otherwise, you may be grinding your teeth if you notice:
Missing or crooked teeth or even an abnormal bite may also provoke teeth grinding. And for kids, even allergies or mouth irritations can spark teeth grinding.
About 15% to 33% of kids grind their teeth (webmd.com), and typically do so when their baby teeth emerge, and when permanents poke through. If your child continues to grind his teeth after both sets of teeth have come in, discuss it with his dentist.
If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist may recommend getting a mouth guard to keep you from doing it.
If stress and anxiety plague you, try to reduce them. Step up your exercise program. Get counseling. Meditate. Listen to soothing music.
Other things you can try to prevent teeth grinding include:
What’s the Nitty Gritty on Teeth Grinding?
If you’re concerned about your own, or your child’s teeth grinding, call MyOrthodontist today to set up an appointment at one of our convenient North Carolina locations. We will treat any dental damage gently and in a timely manner, and work with you to put an end to your teeth grinding.
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