Teeth Grinding is also known as Bruxism.
Around 70% of Bruxism cases occur during sleep, and are often linked to stress and anxiety.
Bruxism can also occur during times that you are awake, however this is more likely to be clenching of the jaw or teeth.
Certain medications such as anti-depressants and anti-psychotics can also cause bruxism, as well as regularly drinking alcohol, recreational drug use and smoking.
Signs and Symptoms
Some people that grind their teeth can experience no symptoms at all, whereas others can experience headaches, toothache and earache.
Others reported symptoms and signs including pain in the facial muscles, stiffness and pain in the jaw, difficulty opening your mouth, worn down teeth and fractured fillings.
There are various methods we can use to treat bruxism.
1. Night-guard/Mouth Splint—These both work in the same way, by reducing the sensation of clenching and grinding the teeth. They also prevent any further damage occurring to the teeth.
The dentist can advise you on whether you would benefit from having a night guard just by having a simple dental examination done.
2. Muscle relaxation exercises and facial massage—This may help to reduce the tightness feeling and relieve the pain.
3. Making some lifestyle changes—Such as giving up smoking, reducing your alcohol intake and managing your stress.
If you think you may be suffering with Bruxism, please give us a call on 01245 357 735 to book in with a dentist.