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The Effects of Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

August 12, 2016

Grinding your teeth jeopardizes your dental health & you might not know you do it

We all know it’s important to take care of our oral health, but something that tends to get overlooked is teeth grinding.

According to the Mayo Clinic:

Bruxism (BRUK-siz-um) is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth together during the day, or clench or grind them at night (sleep bruxism).

Sleep bruxism is considered a sleep-related movement disorder. People who clench or grind their teeth (brux) during sleep are more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as snoring and pauses in breathing (sleep apnea).

Mild bruxism may not require treatment. However, in some people, bruxism can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems.

Because you may have sleep bruxism and be unaware of it until complications develop, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of bruxism and to seek regular dental care.

Whether it’s brought on by stress or anxiety, teeth grinding is not uncommon. Because it typically happens when we’re not awake, most people aren’t aware of how harmful it can be. That can be a problem.

The Effects of Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Experts say grinding or clenching your teeth on a regular basis can not only damage your pearly whites, but can cause other health issues around your jaw.

The Effects of Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

The Effects of Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

In some cases, the chronic grinding can result in fracturing a tooth, or worse, a permanent loss. So, what can you do to prevent this?

Talk to your Tysons Corner-based dentist at Farhoumand DentistryDr. Farah Farhoumand or Dr. Foad Farhoumand may recommend a mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding during sleep. You an also try avoiding anything that contains caffeine, like sodas, coffee, and chocolate. Cut back on alcohol because grinding tends to get worse after a few drinks. And, don’t chew on pen caps or anything that isn’t food, including gum. Chewing gum only allows your jaw muscles to get used to clenching and that’s what you want to avoid.