Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a common condition among our patients at Edgewater Dental Arts. While patients occasionally view teeth grinding as a minor annoyance or a simple bad habit, grinding can have a major impact on your oral health and can even be a sign of a serious condition like sleep apnea.
Whether you’ve been told you grind your teeth or you have a loved one who does, the following information can help you get the treatment you need to sleep well and avoid problems caused by teeth grinding.
What Causes Teeth Grinding?
Like many common dental conditions, our first step in treating nocturnal teeth grinding is to determine the cause. Causes include stress, bite misalignment, or other medical conditions. Our team will examine your mouth and talk to you about your lifestyle and habits to get to the root of the problem.
How to Stop Grinding Teeth
Only when we’ve determined the cause for your teeth grinding can we give you tips for how to stop. For example, if we determine that your teeth grinding is caused by stress, we may recommend lifestyle changes like practicing meditation, getting a massage, or working with a mental health professional to manage your stress. If bite alignment issues are the culprit, we may recommend orthodontic treatment. In other situations, we may provide you with a nighttime mouth guard or a customized oral appliance to alleviate grinding while you sleep.
Teeth Grinding Relief at Edgewater Dental Arts
Grinding your teeth at night can damage your enamel, wear away on your teeth, and even lead to cracked or broken teeth. Our team can help you determine the cause for tooth grinding and create a customized treatment program that allows you to get the relaxing sleep you deserve. To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today!