The most common causes of sleep bruxism (grinding at night) are stress, anger and depression. Certain medications, like antidepressants, are also known to trigger this condition. Also, people who have misaligned upper and lower teeth, have a greater tendency to clench their jaws and grind their teeth than those with correctly positioned teeth.
Bruxism may not only lead to noticeable facial pain. In most cases, nighttime grinding and clenching wears down the tooth enamel and damages dental works, fractures teeth and increases the teeth’s sensitivity to temperature. Researchers also suggest that bruxism possibly triggers TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disease).
If you feel vague headaches and pain in the jaw, visit your dentist and he’ll try and work out the most fitting solution for you. Common treatments include hard plastic bite splints for the upper teeth or taking anti-anxiety medications. A change in lifestyle to reduce stress may also add significant relief for those experiencing bruxism.
Save your teeth and spare yourself a headache.
If you think you have the ‘grind’, talk to us about it. We’ll be happy to help you.
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