Teeth grinding and clenching, also known as bruxism, is a common habit and occurs most often when a person is experiencing anxiety or stress, and mostly happens involuntarily during sleep. The grinding/ clenching habit can cause a variety of dental health problems.
The dental professionals at Platinum Dental Care can examine and diagnose, and offer several options to combat teeth grinding and clenching and to protect your teeth and jaw joints. We can also digitally scan your teeth at dental examinations which can accurately read tooth wear and any progression. This new technology is unique to our practice.
Common causes of teeth grinding and clenching include:
- Unmanaged stress and anxiety
- A poorly aligned dental bite
- Sleep Apnoea
What are the signs you grind your teeth?
Many people do not even realise they grind or clench their teeth, as it occurs most often when we sleep. There are common symptoms to look out for if you suspect you may be clenching or grinding your teeth involuntarily which include:Tooth wear, sensitivity, jaw joint and muscle pain and regular headaches. Similarly, if your jaw feels tight or sore after you wake up, it may be an indication of grinding and clenching.
Consequences of tooth grinding and clenching
Grinding your teeth can cause serious dental issues, such as tooth wear, sensitivity, tooth fracture and even tooth loss.
Tooth clenching and grinding can be the result of anxiety and stress in daily life. By reducing stress, you can reduce the frequency of tooth grinding. Certain strategies, such as therapy, meditation, and exercise may be effective in reducing stress.
Additionally, avoiding stimulants like caffeine can reduce anxious tendencies and decrease the frequency of tooth grinding. Alcohol, which inhibits our responses, also has been shown to increase teeth grinding in individuals.
How can I stop grinding and clenching my teeth?
There are several different options available to prevent clenching and grinding. Your dentist will suggest the correct devices or treatments depending on your individual needs.