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Teeth Grinding

Do you have any of the following symptoms?
 A sore, tired jaw
Dull headaches
Sensitive teeth
If so then you may be one of the many people who grind or clench their teeth. This is called bruxism and may happen at any time. You may not even be aware of doing it, especially if you do it while you sleep which is very common. The causes are not entirely clear, however stress is often the reason considered.
Damage to your teeth and mouth can result from teeth grinding. If you suspect or know that you do this, it is important to see your dentist. They will evaluate your teeth and help to identify a possible cause for the habit.
The damage that can come from bruxism includes:

1. Chipped enamel
2. Flattened, grooved, worn-down teeth
3. Loosened teeth
4. Cracked teeth
5. Jaw muscle or joint problems
6. Tooth loss

You should discuss with your dentist the best treatment for your problem. There are a number of common treatments frequently used. These include mouth guards, stress reduction, medication, and then fixing damaged teeth.

A mouth guard is a plastic device that fits over your teeth. It protects them from grinding damage. It is worn at the times when you are most likely to grind your teeth. The guard is custom made to fit your mouth and may fit over your top or bottom teeth. It is important to wear it exactly as your dentist instructs and to care for it properly.

This care includes:

Rinsing the guard before wearing it and after removing it from your mouth.

Brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste or liquid soap after removing it.

Soaking it in water when you are not wearing it, unless told otherwise.

Soaking the guard in denture cleaner every so often to help keep it fresh.

Checking your guard for signs of wear and showing it to your dentist at each checkup. Guards may wear down and need to be repaired or replaced.

If stress is suspected as the cause for your teeth grinding, then reducing stress may help relax your jaw muscles and make grinding less likely. Your dentist may suggest regular exercise or other ways to reduce stress.

In certain cases medication may be given to help relieve sore muscles or reduce stress.

Finally, if there is damage to your teeth, your dentist can discuss ways to fix them. Crowns and onlays are two ways to fix damaged teeth.

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