The majority of people clench and smash their teeth daily. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is not typically hazardous, but when it occurs regularly, teeth can be damaged and other oral health concerns may arise.
WHY DO PEOPLE GRIND THEIR TEETH?
There are multiple reasons why people smash their teeth. While stress and worry can cause teeth grinding, an uneven bite, missing or crooked teeth, or an abnormal bite during sleep are the most prevalent causes. One of the reasons for teeth grinding might be a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea.
UNDERLYING CAUSES OF TEETH GRINDING IN HUMAN BEINGS
Teeth grinding is uncommon and completely safe. However, if you grind your teeth daily, you may be causing damage to your teeth. The first step in treating tooth grinding is determining what is causing it.
Common reasons for tooth grinding include:
- Stress and anxiety
- An uneven or misdirected bite
- Teeth that are missing, fractured, or crooked
- Sleep apnea and other sleeping disorders
- Antidepressant medication
- Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, the certain neurological disorders.
SIGNS OF TEETH GRINDING
In certain circumstances, the symptoms of bruxism may be the only way to determine if you clench your teeth at night. Look for the following indicators:
- Continual dull headache
- Jaw ache
- A grinding sound you create while others might hear sleeping.
- Excessive tooth Wear
If untreated, teeth grinding leads to tooth loss. Brushing two times a day with an enamel-strengthening paste can help to reduce tooth loss.
Most people are unaware that they smash their teeth since it frequently happens during sleep. A dull, constant headache or hurting jaw when you wake up, on the other side, is a sure symptom of bruxism. People typically learn that they clench their teeth from a close friend or family member who hears it at night.
If you feel you are crushing your teeth, contact Alux Dental. We can check your teeth and jaw for signs of bruxism, such as jaw discomfort and excessive tooth wear.
IS TEETH GRINDING HARMFUL TO HEALTH?
In some people, chronic tooth grinding can result in cracking, weakening, or loss of teeth. Teeth scars can form as a result of chronic grinding. When these issues emerge, root canals, bridges, crowns, implants, and partial and total dentures may be necessary.
Grinding your teeth can damage them and cause tooth loss, but it can also injure your jaws and change the appearance of your face.
Uncontrolled teeth grinding can develop problems with your teeth, facial muscles, and jaw joints. If you wake up with headaches or jaw discomfort, contact our staff at Alux Dental. We can recommend the best teeth-grinding therapy for you, which may include a nightly guard. Stress management may also aid in the cessation of teeth grinding.