Everything You Need to Know About Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

  • Teeth grinding is scientifically known as nocturnal bruxism
  • Many people experience bruxism in their sleep
  • Common signs of bruxism include worn canine teeth, chipped teeth edges, edge-of-teeth cavities, headaches, jaw ache, stress fractures and even migranes
  • Bruxism can also be a sign of stress and often presents as jaw-clenching
  • Stimulants (caffeine, drugs, and some prescription medications) can increase bruxism
  • Bruxism is one of the leading causes of tooth pain
  • Bruxism can be alleviated with a night-time mouthguard (called an occlusal splint) and de-stressing techniques.
  • Bruxism can even cause headaches.
  • Bruxism, left untreated, can lead to irreparable fractures in the teeth which will need root canal treatment, crowns, or removal.
  • If you suspect you might suffer from bruxism, a dentist can have you fitted for a mouthguard and inspect your teeth for premature cracks or wear to prevent infection and possible loss.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr Helen Voronina

Dr Helen Voronina is the principal dentist at "Dr Helen's Dental & Implant Studio". Having graduated from the University of Melbourne and later from the Brener Implant Institute, in her practice she places emphases on the implant, aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry. She is a member of the Australian Dental Association, The International Congress of Implantology and The Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (ASID). She is a former chairperson for the National Dental Foundation and an official dentist for the Melbourne Hearts Football Club.