Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism is involuntary clenching, grinding and gnashing of the teeth that usually happens during sleep. Around five percent of the population are regular, forceful tooth grinders, many people subconsciously grind their teeth for years without realizing it. They may experience the symptoms, feel the effects of tooth grinding and suffer the dental damage without actually realizing what’s occurring. In order to know how to stop tooth grinding, you should be aware of the causes, symptoms and prevent excessive tooth grinding.
TYPES OF BRUXISM
There are two types of bruxism — tooth grinding that occurs while sleeping (sleep bruxism) and grinding done while awake (awake bruxism). Sleep bruxism is more common and generally creates more damage to the teeth, jaw, and gums than awake bruxism. Chronic, or long-term bruxism, may be life-long and require significant intervention to control further damage.
CAUSES OF TEETH GRINDING
The cause of bruxism can involve biological (e.g. genetics), psychological (e.g. personality traits) and/or external factors such as smoking, caffeine, alcohol, and some drugs. Although teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, it often occurs during sleep and is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth.
Your dentist or another oral health professional can assess the influence of these factors.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF TEETH GRINDING INCLUDE:
-Headache, jaw joint and/or ear pain
-Aching teeth, particularly just after waking up
-Aching and/or stiffness of the face and temples just after waking up
-Cracked or chipped tooth enamel
-Raised tissue on the inside of the cheek caused by biting
EFFECTS OF TEETH GRINDING
-Cracked tooth enamel
-Wear and tear on the teeth than is normal
-Strain on the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint)
-Pain in the jaw joint or limited movement
-Sore jaw muscles
-Tooth loss (rare)
-Teeth being more sensitive to hot and cold things
TIPS TO PREVENT TEETH GRINDING
-Decrease stress, especially just before bed.
-Try massage and stretching exercises to relax the muscles.
-Make sure your diet includes plenty of water, dehydration may be linked to teeth grinding.
-Avoid or cut back on foods and drinks that contain caffeine, such as colas, chocolate, and coffee. Grinding tends to intensify after alcohol consumption.
-Train yourself not to clench or grind your teeth.
-Relax your jaw muscles at night by holding a warm washcloth against your cheek in front of your earlobe.
-Ask your dentist to monitor your teeth.
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