You may take amazing care of your teeth during the day, but it is possible at night you are doing harm to your mouth. You might not even know you are doing this but many people have a condition called bruxism. This is basically grinding, or jaw clenching while sleeping. If you do this for a long period of time it can cause permanent damage if it isn’t addressed. We are going to help you identify bruxism, what causes it, and how we can help treat it!
Causes and Symptoms
The number 1 cause of teeth clenching and grinding is stress and anxiety. This can happen both during the day and night. The amazing part is you might not even realize you are doing this. Bruxism is just one of the many ways that your body exhibits stress. Next time you are stressed, pay attention to how you are holding your mouth. If you are clenching your jaw, this could be a sign of bruxism. Other causes are substance abuse, teeth alignment issues, and sleep apnea.
One of the easiest ways to tell if you possibly have bruxism is if you wake up with a sore mouth, or if your jaw is tight. If it goes unnoticed for a long period of time, then you might first notice this by your teeth wearing in an odd pattern. This might not be obvious if you primarily grind your molars or back teeth.
If you share a bed with a spouse or someone else, you should ask them if they have noticed anything. It can sometimes be loud enough to wake someone else in your bed. If you clench your jaw a lot then you might even notice headaches or earaches. This is because your jaw is connected to the rest of your head, and can affect how you feel!
Diagnosis and treatment
The best way to determine if you have bruxism is to discuss your symptoms with your dentist. If you notice any symptoms similar to the ones mentioned above, then you should always tell your dentist at the next appointment. Don’t put it off. Your dentist will check the wear pattern on your teeth and will be able to tell if there is an issue.
If the dentist determines that there is an issue, then they will likely prescribe a mouth guard. This will keep your teeth from grinding, and it gives your teeth something to bite into if you clench your teeth. While this will prevent the symptoms of bruxism. It doesn’t treat the core issue. To fix the underlying issue, the dentist will likely suggest performing a sleep analysis test. Or suggest changes to help reduce stress.
Brutix can be a painful and annoying issue to live with, but the good news is that it can be healed. As in most cases, visiting the dentist regularly will help prevent many oral health issues.