Bruxism, a common yet possibly harmful habit is the dental term for clenching or grinding your teeth. This can happen when you are both awake and asleep, meaning a lot of people don’t know how much damage they are causing to their teeth.
Bruxism becomes a problem when the habit is repeated over time. Your teeth generally touch slightly whilst eating or swallowing food – this is normal. Bruxism only becomes an issue when the grinding and clenching compromises your tooth enamel. This will cause some pain, and when this occurs, you will need to visit your dentist to treat the issue.
1 in 3 people suffer from bruxism – whether acute or intense.
Often, patients don’t know they are suffering from bruxism and become to accustomed to the symptoms as they slowly arise – they simply don’t realise they are clenching and grinding their teeth so often or harshly. Most often, patients don’t realise the simple act of clenching or grinding their teeth can do permanent damage.
Symptoms of bruxism
- Grinding or clenching of teeth, possible loud enough to wake your partner during sleep.
- Flattening of teeth, causing them to fracture, chip or become loose.
- Wearing of tooth enamel, causing the inner tooth to become exposed.
- Tooth sensitivity heightened.
- Jaw, ear and face pain, even minimal.
- Exhausted or stiff jaw muscles.
- Sudden headaches.
- Aching of jaw upon eating breakfast or after waking up.
So, what can cause sudden symptoms?
Symptoms of bruxism can occur as a result of many other habits. Stress and anxiety have been known to play a large part in bruxism. Whether you are awake or asleep, you could be grinding or clenching your teeth without knowing or realising. This can also be transferred into your dreams, causing you to clench your jaw during nightmares.
If you suffer from an abnormal bite, crooked, loose or missing teeth – bruxism can also be a result of this. Bruxism can also be a result of repeated drug and alcohol use, including caffeine.
Don’t be alarmed, Bulimba Dental can treat your bruxism.
At Bulimba Dental, we believe a custom made protective night guard or bite splint will correct this issue with the most ease. The guards and splints are made to suit you and your needs so you can wear these comfortably while you sleep.
If your bruxism is less severe, relieving stress in your life can usually assist the clenching and grinding of your teeth or removing whatever the cause may be, once a cause is established. Ensuring you have at least 7 hours of your beauty sleep can also help!