I have been told that I am grinding my teeth when I sleep. What should I do?
Grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism, is a preventable complication that can lead to severe dental problems. Grinding is a common condition that may vary in intensity and frequency. It often becomes more intense and frequent with stress.
Dental problems that can be linked to grinding include:
• Wearing down of your teeth,
• Breaking your teeth or dental restorations,
• Cracking your teeth,
• Experiencing tender jaw muscles, especially in the morning,
• Headaches, stiff neck and shoulders,
• Damage to the cheek tissues.
There are a variety of solutions to help you with grinding. Night guards are the most effective treatment in helping to prevent further damage to your teeth. The advantages of the night guard are that it protects your teeth from the extreme forces of grinding. Your dentist can provide you with a custom-made night guard. Your dentist may also suggest other treatments that may include physiotherapy, massages and possibly medications like muscle relaxants. If you think you grind your teeth, please call your dentist to get a consultation for a custom fitted night guard. Your dentist is your partner in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for life.