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If your partner has been complaining about your tooth grinding at night, you could be dealing with a condition known as bruxism and should see your dentist.

According to Web MD bruxism affects between fifty and ninety percent of the adult population, with most not even being aware that they have it. Children can also be affected with bruxism but in most cases, it is non-existent by the age of 13.

Bruxism can occur during the day, but is most common when you sleep. Symptoms that you may have bruxism including a popping sound in your jaw, tooth grinding or clenching, headaches, earaches or pain in your jaw, especially when you wake up. Other signs of bruxism include flattened, chipped, or loose teeth or cracks and breakages in your Dental Crowns or other Dental Restorations.

Your Dentist explains that tooth grinding can be caused by anxiety and stress, but is most likely a dental issue. If you have crooked or missing teeth or an abnormal bite it may be the reason that you clench your jaw and grind your teeth.

Although most people will grind their teeth at some point, chronic bruxism is a more serious issue. Bruxism can cause tooth fracturing, loose teeth, or even the loss of a tooth. If left untreated chronic tooth grinding can lead to Dental Bridges, Dental Crowns, Root Canals, Dental Implants, Partial, or Complete Dentures.

Tooth grinding can also lead to hearing loss and affect your jaw causing TMJ disorders. Bruxism can also affect how your face looks.

If you suspect that you may be suffering from bruxism, schedule an appointment with your dentist who will check your teeth, gums, and jaw. If teeth clenching is suspected, your dentist may fit you with a custom-made nightguard to prevent bruxism. The nightguard fits over your teeth to prevent them from grinding together. If stress is to blame, your dentist may recommend counseling or prescribe you a muscle relaxant.

Bruxism should never be taken lightly, and if you or someone you know is grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw, see your dentist as soon as possible.

October 01, 2014 | Uncategorized Back to Blog

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