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Stop All That Grinding!!

Maybe you live with a spouse or a child who grinds their teeth while sleeping, and now you just view this as “normal.” While you may have gotten used to hearing all that grinding, it’s really not “normal” and it can cause a lot of harm to the teeth and jaws of the grinder. Worse, it can keep the other people from having a good night’s sleep.

What Causes Teeth Grinding?

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is common and usually occurs while the person is sleeping. The teeth-grinder slides their upper and lower teeth back and forth over each other, many times throughout the night. Bruxism can also accompanied by teeth clenching, which tends to be silent. Some people also clench and grind in the daytime, usually out of habit or because of stress.
Dentists used to think that teeth grinding was simply due to stress. Now we know that it is a complex interaction of stress, chronic pain (e.g. back pain, neck pain) and breathing disturbances. That’s why the severity of teeth grinding can wax and wane, even with the seasons! The most important thing to managing teeth grinding is to find the cause! How do you fix something properly if you don’t even know how it got that way?

Does Grinding Damage Teeth?

Absolutely! When people grind their teeth, they are shooting themselves in the foot. This is because their teeth and any dental treatment they’ve had, will simply not last as long as they should. Teeth can cracking, chip, wear down, or even splinter due to teeth grinding. Overusing your muscles at night can also cause headaches, ear pain and jaw issues. Not a very pleasant list now, is it?
What’s the next step?
Night guards help protect the teeth and jaw, but they do not necessarily stop someone from grinding. The most important thing is to find out what is causing the teeth grinding. Otherwise, what’s to stop someone from grinding through their guard?
If grinding is a problem for you or a loved one, Flagsmile Dental has the solution. Please contact our office today for an appointment to be evaluated and fitted for a night guard. Don’t let teeth grinding become a bigger pain than it already is!

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