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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