Grinding or bruxism is the involuntary clenching, grinding and gnashing of the teeth. About half of the population does it from time to time. Around five per cent of the population are regular, forceful tooth grinders. Often it happens during sleep, but some people even grind their teeth when they are awake.
There are many reasons why a person may grind or clench their teeth. While anxiety and stress can be one cause, the problem may also result from missing or crooked teeth or an abnormal bite. While it is important to visit your dentist for an examination on a regular basis, there are many ways you can use to help prevent issues with grinding and clenching.
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Teeth grinding is more than an annoying habit; left untreated, it can damage tooth surfaces, leaving teeth exposed to decay and eventually leading to tooth loss. It can also cause chronic headaches and play a contributing role in tempo mandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
If you think that you have a problem grinding or clenching your teeth or wake up in the morning with a headache, you should discuss the issue with your dentist. Bruxism can also result in cracking of teeth and loosing teeth, it is thus important to seek advice from your dentist as they will be able to help you find more effective and long-lasting ways to prevent grinding.
The first step in kicking the teeth grinding habit is to see your dentist for a complete bite evaluation. Don’t delay, contact Spa Dental today on 02 9809 2900 to schedule an appointment and start feeling better.