Have you ever woken to the sound of mysterious grinding in the night and looked over to see your partner lying next to you with tension in his or her jaw? Do your children clench their teeth as they sleep? Do you? If so, your partner, your children and you could be suffering from a condition known as Bruxism. According to the ADA (American Dental Association) Bruxism is defined as a habit of clenching or grinding the teeth. Though it can often be heard when it is taking place, Bruxism is not always audible. It is a common disorder that affects young, old, men and women alike.
Bruxism | Causes and Symptoms
Teeth grinding may be attributed to insomnia, stress or an abnormal bite
There are many theories about what actually causes Bruxism and leads teeth to grind and clench. Though the ADA says the causes are unknown for certain, they suggest teeth grinding may stem from causes such as a sleep disorder, stress or an abnormal bite. The ADA points out that those living with Bruxism may also be suffering from one or more symptoms that could include:
- Loose teeth
- Facial pain
- Sore jaws
- Frequent toothaches
- Worn or cracked fillings or teeth
Bruxism | There’s a Solution for You
a personalized treatment plan can help to prevent and reverse damage caused by teeth grinding and clenching
Because Bruxism can be painful—making day-to-day living uncomfortable and sleeping a chore, the American Dental Association stresses regular dental checkups, so Bruxism can be diagnosed in its early stages. Once diagnosed, your dentist will be able to create a personalized treatment plan that the ADA says will help manage your Bruxism symptoms, help repair damage and aid in preventing future dental damage.
If you believe you or someone you know may be suffering from Bruxism or you have questions about the treatment options available to you, make an appointment with Dr. Moore today or view the list of services available through Lake Cities Dental. It’s never too late to embrace a healthier, happier, more beautiful you.