Do You Know About Bruxism?

burdsbruxismBruxism, the grinding or clenching of your teeth, can occur whether you are awake or not. However, for those that have sleep bruxism; you may be wondering why your head or your jaw hurts – but because you unconsciously grind or clench or teeth in your sleep it’s hard to realize on your own what’s going on. Mild teeth grinding may not need treatment and could dissipate on its own. However, moderate to severe teeth grinding could cause pain and soreness in your jaw which can cause tension headaches. Do you know about bruxism?

Signs Of Bruxism:

There are many different symptoms that could mean you have teeth grinding. Some are more severe than others, such as fractured or chipped teeth. Other signs include:

Teeth grinding or clenching, tooth sensitivity, pain in your face or jaw, sore jaw muscles, dull headaches, markings on your tongue from your teeth, and worn tooth enamel.

How Can You Treat Bruxism?

Children who grind their teeth typically outgrow it and won’t need treatment. However, in severe cases there are treatment options to protect your teeth. Your dentist may suggest you get a mouth guard or other oral appliance to keep your teeth from getting damaged if you grind your teeth at night. Otherwise, if your bruxism is happening due to a misaligned tooth or bite, dental correction may be needed.

Muscle relaxants can be used if your teeth grinding is affecting your jaw and face muscles. In other cases, you could benefit from stress-management therapy if your bruxism is caused by stress.

Figuring out what is causing your bruxism first will determine what route of treatment your dentist wants to take.