Am I Grinding My Teeth?
Do you wake up some mornings with a headache of origins you can’t define? Do you experience vague muscle pain in your face? If so, you may be experiencing symptoms of bruxism.
But What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the clenching or grinding of your teeth and often happens at night when you sleep. Though it may appear as minor to you, it is defintely an oral health concern you do not want to ignore.
If left unresolved additional concerns such as cavities, tooth fractures and even tooth loss in serious cases can occur.
What Causes Bruxism?
Stress and anxiety are believed to be leading causes, as are a misaligned bite, missing teeth, and sleep abnormalities. Some medications can also trigger episodes, as can neurological or musculature illnesses.
How Do I Know If I Suffer From Bruxism?
If you wake up with a sore jaw or a headache or if your partner tells you your teeth are making clickity-clankity noises all night, you likely are grinding your teeth. It is recommended you discuss this with your dentist on your next visit. Contact us on (02) 8889 1588
How Can I Fix This Problem? – Treatment Options
If we identity stress to be a cause, we’ll likely recommend you abstain from excessive caffeine and alcohol, and attempt some form of daily relaxation.
However, if we identify that the way you bite is causing this concern, we’ll likely refer you to a specialist.
Nevertheless, a mouthguard or splint is the most effective way to combat bruxism.
These protective devices will protect your teeth and bone from further damage. They are easy to wear, and contrary to what you may believe, will not impede your ability to get a good night’s sleep. In fact, they tend to enhance the quality of your sleep so you’ll wake up more refreshed.
Many patients have told us they’ve never slept better in their life!
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