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Do You Grind Your Teeth?

Do you grind your teeth?

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) often happens during sleep so we may not even know we are doing it. Usually it is our partner or parent that is the first to notice the problem. However, you can look out for warning signs yourself: Waking up with a headache, aching teeth, jaw joint or ear pain. Approximately 5-10% of the population is affected by Bruxism.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Grinding sounds during sleep
  • Aching teeth – especially after waking up
  • Cracked or chipped tooth enamel
  • Aching or stiffness of the jaw while chewing
  • Headaches, ear or jaw joint pain
  • Loose teeth
  • Indentations on the tongue from the teeth
  • Tissue on the inside of the cheek raised due to biting

 

Problems caused by Teeth Grinding may include:

Pain in the jaw or limited movement, broken teeth, cracked tooth enamel or more wear and tear on the teeth than normal. Teeth grinding can also contribute to headaches and ear pain.

Causes of Teeth Grinding:

New teeth coming through for children and babies, dental fillings that sit too high, mental concentration, emotional or physical stress. It can also be caused by drug use, particularly amphetamines.

Teeth Grinding

Treatment for Teeth Grinding:

  • A dentist can look at your teeth and discuss possible treatment options that may include: Fixing fillings that are too high, repairing damaged teeth or a bite splint (special mouth guard that is worn at night to protect your teeth).
  • Stress management therapy and relaxation techniques.
  • Re-hydrating your body throughout the day by drinking plenty of water.
  • Avoiding or cutting back on foods and drinks that contain caffeine, such as chocolate, coffee, etc.
  • Minimizing alcohol intake as grinding tends to intensify after alcohol consumption.
  • Avoid chewing gum as the jaw muscles get used to clenching and makes you more likely to grind your teeth.
  • Consciously training yourself not to clench or grind your teeth. If you notice this happening during the day, position the tip of your tongue between your teeth as it trains your jaw muscles to relax.
  • Relax the jaw muscles at night by holding a warm washcloth against your cheek.
Relaxed Woman

How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth

For more tips on how to deal with teeth grinding and other related dental concerns, visit us at “The Dental Junction” (QLD Sunshine Coast – Noosa) today.

We will provide you with suitable suggestions, treatments and exceptional dental care. 🙂

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