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Grinding Teeth
By: Samantha Glaunert , Categories: Healthy Tips , Comments Off on Grinding Teeth

Bruxism, or teeth-grinding, is a condition where you grind, or clench your teeth. This typically occurs during sleep, but can happen “unconsciously” when you are awake. Bruxism is a sleep-related movement disorder and could be linked to snoring, and sleep apnea. Because teeth grinding most often occurs while we are unconscious, it may be difficult to identify.

Symptoms

– Teeth are chipped, loose or flatting

– Increase in sensitivity or tooth pain

– Tired or tight jaw muscles or locked jaw

– Jaw, neck, or face pain

– Earaches or headaches

– Chewing damage on the inside of your mouth

– Sleep disruption – snoring, apnea

 

Causes

– Anxiety

– Anger

– Frustrations

– Tension

– Coping Mechanism

– Dreams

– Age (more common in children)

– Personality (ie. agressive, competitive, or highstrung)

– Medications

– Hereditary

– Disorders

 

Outcomes

– Damage to teeth

– Headaches

– Severe face/jaw pain (TMJ)

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact a dentist. If you notice your child is grinding their teeth, bring it up at their next appointment.