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Teeth Grinding

You may find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth without even realising. Most times it happens at night, but some people notice it during the day. Generally, the person doesn’t realise that they grind their teeth in their sleep. The spouse or partner who shares their bed (and hears the grinding noises at night) is often the first to notice the problem.

In mild cases of teeth grinding (or bruxism) you may not require attention, however more serious cases need attention to prevent permanent damage from occurring.

As with anything, prevention is always better than cure. This will not only save you from further pain down the track, it will definitely save you money in the long run.

Most people readily maintain their cars every 10,000kms or on a yearly basis. With our ever increasing busy lives, we tend to forget that teeth are something that needs maintenance every 6 months as well. We use our teeth EVERY DAY and teeth are essential to a SMILE. Shouldn’t we focus on maintaining our teeth more often then?

Symptoms of Teeth Grinding

It may be hard to notice it if it's a mild case. A trained eye or a local professional who takes photos at regular intervals would be able to pick it up. However, the obvious signs are:

  • Tired or tight jaw muscles, including locked jaw
  • Pain or soreness in your jaw, neck, face or ears
  • Headaches
  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Fractured, cracked or chipped teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Flattened or worn teeth
  • Increased tooth pain or sensitive teeth
  • Damage from chewing on the inside of your cheek
  • Disrupted sleep

Causes of Teeth Grinding

Teeth Grinding can be multifactorial, but the usual causes are:

  • Loss of support from certain teeth
  • Chewing on the one side (whether by choice or due to loss of back teeth)
  • Increased stress, anxiety or frustration
  • Age – more common amongst young children
  • Personality – including competitive, or hyperactive
  • Medications
  • Family history
  • Other medical disorders such as sleep-related disorders including sleep apnoea

How to treat Teeth Grinding?

Fixing the problem is one thing. The most important thing is to treat the cause. As sometimes the causes can be multifactorial, a multipronged approach might be necessary to address it. 

Watch the following video to find out more....

 

 

It’s more than Just Teeth

To help our patients enjoy an optimal level of oral health, free of disease and discomfort, the team here at Tooth Heaven offers the following preventative services:

  • Check-ups and Cleans
  • Gum Disease Treatment
  • At- Home Dental Care
  • TMJ and Bruxism / Grinding Treatment