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Tooth Grinding: Why It’s Bad For Your Teeth and How You Can Stop It

Grinding teeth is one of the most common of all sleep problems. Also known as bruxism, the problem of grinding teeth can be treated easily and effectively. If you think you may suffer from bruxism, come and talk to us. We can help treat the cause and prevent damage to your teeth by getting to the root cause of the problem. Treatment is simple, and just the addition of a mouth-guard may provide the answer, ensuring that you and your partner get a good, painless night’s sleep.

Causes

Grinding your teeth can be due to several different factors. It is a symptom, rather than a cause in itself. The following list details a few of the most common reasons why people may grind their teeth.

  • Stress
  • Nervous habit
  • An abnormal bite (caused by tooth decay)
  • Underlying dental health problems
  • Sleep habits

Symptoms

Grinding your teeth can irritate your partner, and so the first indication that you grind your teeth is often when your partner tells you. However, there are other ways that you can tell if you grind your teeth. These other symptoms may include:

  • Jaw ache
  • Headache
  • Bite feeling abnormal or sore
  • Toothache
  • Hearing loss

If you suffer from any of these symptoms or feel that you may suffer from grinding your teeth, come and talk to us to find out more information and possible treatments. If the problem continues, the grinding action can cause further damage to your teeth. This can lead to your teeth wearing down or even tooth loss. In the most severe cases, bruxism can also lead toward problems such as your face shape being altered.

Cure

The first thing we will advise is to have a full check-up to make sure your teeth are all healthy. Although there is no cure for grinding teeth, we can help to eliminate the cause of grinding. This may include dental treatment for an abnormal bite or toothache. If the underlying cause of bruxism is stress related, we can advise ways to help manage stress and anxiety issues. Even if there is no apparent reason for grinding your teeth, we can still help prevent the problem from getting worse.

Prevention

Further damage can be prevented with a mouth-guard that is worn at night. The mouth-guard is worn over the teeth at night, so that when you are grinding your teeth, they are protected from any further damage until the problem is eliminated. If grinding your teeth has become a problem for you or your partner, then come and talk to us today. Together we can make grinding your teeth a thing of the past, and ensure the future of your teeth as well as a peaceful night’s sleep. A mouth-guard can help prevent further damage while we work together to create a cure for your teeth grinding. If you have a partner who grinds their teeth, talk to them about it. Let them know there is an answer and a simple solution with the addition of a mouth-guard and further investigation.

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