Bruxism

Bruxism is more commonly known as teeth grinding, and it can have more serious consequences than you might expect. The exact cause of the condition is unknown, but there are several factors that can lead to it. If you suffer from bruxism, it is important to seek relief. All Smiles Dental Care in Hazlet, NJ, offers treatment to help maintain your oral health.

Signs and symptoms

  • Diminished tooth enamel/increased tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw soreness
  • Tight jaw muscles
  • Flat, loose, or chipped teeth
  • Headache that begins at temples

Those who suffer from bruxism usually clench their teeth during the day or grind their teeth at night during sleep.

Causes

It can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of bruxism, and a particular issue for one patient may not be the cause for another. Common causes include:

    • Sleep issues: snoring, sleep talking, and sleep apnea can all play a role in developing sleep bruxism and are some of the most common causes. Sleep apnea is a disorder that affects breathing during sleep, so it is especially important to seek treatment for it.
    • Negative emotions: bruxism can have psychological or emotional causes. Anger, anxiety, frustration, and stress are the most common reasons that an individual can start to grind their teeth. If these are the cause, professional counseling can relieve bruxism. Exercise and certain relaxation methods can also be helpful in relieving stress and anxiety.
    • Malocclusions: bite and alignment issues can lead to teeth grinding. These can be treated with orthodontic procedures or even jaw reconstruction.

Lifestyle: tobacco use, alcohol consumption, or even excessive caffeine consumption

Prevention and treatment

If you suspect that you suffer from bruxism, it is recommended that you have it diagnosed as soon as possible to begin treatment. List any symptoms you’re experiencing at your next dental appointment at All Smiles Dental Care. Your dentist in Hazlet, NJ, will perform a full exam to confirm any symptoms or signs, then try to determine their causes. A mouthguard is a common treatment for the disorder to relieve any damage already done and prevent further damage from occurring.

Make an appointment at All Smiles Dental Care to have bruxism treated and protect your oral health.

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