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The Daily Grind: How To Deal With Grinding Your Teeth

Mouth GuardMany people grind their teeth, a lot of them without even realizing it.  Tooth grinding, or bruxism, can come from improper alignment, reactions to medications, or even nerve disease.  Most often, it can be caused by either stress or just habit.

The consequences of bruxism can be substantial.  Our jaws are capable of incredible pressure, and the constant motion against tooth surfaces can create unnecessary wear, chipped fillings or loosened crowns, muscle tension, and even pain in the jaw.  Any of these can create serious problems.

If you are aware that you grind your teeth, or if you experience any of the above symptoms, call Charlotte Dentistry for an appointment.  In some cases, patients may not be aware that they grind their teeth, especially if they only do it at night.  But parents or spouses may notice the bruxism.  If your child or partner is grinding his or her teeth, point it out, and try determine the cause.

Research shows that about 30% of children grind their teeth, but most will grow out of it with no permanent damage.  However, if bruxism is identified in a child, it’s important to have it checked out by a dentist.

An examination can help determine if the cause of the bruxism is physical or mental in nature. And there are a number of ways to treat the problem.  If improper alignment is the cause, then your dentist will provide a plan for correcting it.  If stress is the issue, then a look into what might be causing the stress would be the best course of action.

Immediate treatment can include a night mouth guard that prevents the tooth surfaces from rubbing together while the patient is sleeping.  The guard is simple to use and comfortable for most people.  Treatment for the underlying causes of bruxism, such as stress or dental problems, can help eliminate bruxism long term and keep the teeth healthy.

Research shows that about 30% of children grind their teeth, but most will grow out of it with no permanent damage.  However, if bruxism is identified in a child, it’s important to have it checked.

An examination can help determine if the cause of the bruxism is physical or mental in nature.  And there are a number of ways to treat the problem.  If improper alignment is the cause, then your dentist will provide a plan for correcting it.  If stress is the issue, then a look into what might be causing the stress would be the best course of action.

Immediate treatment can include a nightly mouth guard that prevents the tooth surfaces from rubbing together while the patient is sleeping.  The guard is simple to use and comfortable for most people.  Treatment for the underlying causes of bruxism, such as stress or dental problems, can help eliminate bruxism long term and keep the patient’s teeth healthy.

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