Do you ever wake up with a dull headache or sore jaw? If so, there’s a chance you may be grinding your teeth at night. In the dental community, teeth grinding is known as Bruxism, and it’s not always a big deal. However, it shouldn’t be ignored. If you suspect that you are grinding your teeth on a regular basis, it’s important to let your dentist know.

Often occurring during sleep, several factors contribute to Bruxism. Many dentists believe that a misaligned bite, crooked teeth, or missing teeth cause individuals to clench their teeth at night, resulting in tension in the facial muscles. Sleep disorders, most notably sleep apnea, may also play a role. In turn, stress and anxiety are also believed to contribute. Thus, the cause of Bruxism is not always clear, and varies from person to person.

When Does Bruxism Become A Big Deal?

In short, the effects of Bruxism become a big deal when teeth begin to break down, fracture, or loosen. This is why it’s important to pay attention to your symptoms. The frequency and severity of headaches and facial or jaw pain are strong indicators that you are grinding your teeth regularly. A thorough examination by your dentist is vital to protecting (and keeping) your teeth.

How Can Dentists Put An End To Bruxism?

Can dentists put an end to Bruxism? The answer is—Yes. Determining the cause of teeth grinding is key. Dentists will first check for heavy wear on your teeth. If you are grinding your teeth at night, your dentist may suggest fitting you with a mouth guard to serve as a barrier to protect your teeth. If stress is an issue, your dentist is equipped to guide you in how to reduce stress and take the pressure off of your teeth. The same is true for those with sleep disorders—proper treatment of the underlying cause(s) of Bruxism can eliminate it altogether.

At DeSoto Dental, your oral health is highly valued. That’s why we aim to provide the highest standard of care to you and your family. Are you concerned that you may be grinding your teeth? Do not worry. Our caring and compassionate team is ready to help you avoid the damaging effects of Bruxism, preserving your beautiful smile! 

Posted on behalf of DeSoto Dental