Protect Your Teeth From Grinding (Bruxism)
What Is Teeth Grinding?
Teeth grinding also known as bruxism, can either be an involuntary action or a bad habit. In most cases, this happens as a person is sleeping subconsciously.
What Does Teeth Grinding Do To My Teeth?
Unfortunately teeth grinding may lead to permanent damage to the enamel (protective layer) of the teeth, gradually wearing it away. This can lead to both short/long term problems:
In the short term
In the long term
What Can Cause Teeth Grinding?
There are various factors which may lead to this bad habit:
Anxiety/Stress – If a person is anxious or having severe stress, they can subconsciously grind while they are sleeping.
Lifestyle – if you drink alcohol, take drugs, or smoke, you are more likely to grind your teeth.
Medicines – mood changing drugs (like anti-depressants) can have bruxism as an associated side effect.
Abnormal Bites – If you have an abnormal bite when your lower and upper teeth come together, it is more likely for you to grind your teeth.
How Can You Treat Teeth Grinding?
There are oral devices that can worn while you sleep and have been developed to help stop you grinding.
Mouth Splint – Splints are made out of a hard plastic material and will fit over the lower/upper teeth.
Mouth Guard – made out a flexible rubber (like a gum shield) and will cover your teeth while you sleep.
If you are worried you are grinding your teeth and you want help stopping, or you have grinded your teeth and need work doing, do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today.