October 12, 2016
If you ever wake-up with sore teeth or a stiff jaw, chances are good you are grinding your teeth at night. Bruxism (teeth grinding and or clenching) effects between 30-40 million Americans each year and the good news is its very treatable. For many, bruxism results from stresswhile others simply do it out of habit. In rare cases, Bruxism is caused when the teeth and jaw bone do not line up correctly or as a result of complications from Parkinson's or Huntington's disease. If left untreated, Bruxism can do serious damage to your teeth and mouth. When you grind or clench your teeth, you subject them to force that they weren't made to handle. Repetitive grinding wears down your teeth, can damage filming, erode enamel, and in severe cases my cause jaw dysfunction (TMJD). For many people bruxism can be easily treated with a simple night guard. If your teeth grinding is related to stress, options like physical therapy, stress management, muscle relaxants and even exercise. You may not be aware that you grind your teeth, but your dentist can often diagnose Bruxism during a routine dental visit. At your next dental visit, talk with your dentist about treatment options. We are happy to help!