How Common Is Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)?

by on July 16, 2019
Posted in blog, Oral Health

Teeth Grinding Many people are actually surprised to learn teeth grinding, or Bruxism is more common than they think. Most people do not even notice they have a problem since the grinding occurs while sleeping. One indication there is a problem is when they grind too hard that it is loud enough to wake them up. Other potential symptoms of teeth grinding can include:

  1. Waking up and noticing your jaw muscles and jaw feels tight, painful, or sore.
  2. Experiencing minor facial pain upon waking.
  3. Noticing some of your teeth appear to be chipped, cracked or damaged.
  4. Noticing a filling is missing.
  5. Slight soreness, redness and minor bleeding of the gums near the base of the teeth.
  6. Waking up frequently with headaches.
  7. Noticing your teeth have become more sensitive to hot and cold.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can help determine the underlying cause for your Bruxism. For example, high levels of stress and anxiety can be a trigger that causes nighttime teeth grinding.

Isn’t Bruxism Only a Problem for Children and Teens?

Contrary to what you may think, bruxism can affect anyone at any age. While teeth grinding is more common in young children and teens, adults can also experience this problem. In cases where the cause is due to stress and anxiety, aside from regular dental visits, you should find an effective way to release your stress and anxiety, like with mediation or Yoga.

In cases where the teeth grinding is being caused by an underlying dental problem, such as the teeth are misaligned, your dentist can help prescribe a treatment plan, such as Invisalign to realign your teeth.

Another solution your dentist can provide is fitting you for nighttime teeth guards. The guards fit over your teeth to protect them from further damages when you grind your teeth. Guard should be worn nightly until your bruxism is fully treated and resolved.

Will My Teeth Grinding Ever Go Away?

In young children and teens, teeth grinding problems tend to resolve themselves with proper dental treatments and care. Most teens will stop grinding their teeth at night at around age 14 or 15. In adults, teeth grinding will resolve itself once the underlying cause is identified and treated.

If you or your child or teen has a teeth grinding problem, you will want to have it diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. If you put off seeing your dentist, it can cause further damage to your teeth. The grinding action between the teeth slowly erodes away the outer protective enamel layer. Once this layer is removed, the teeth start to become more sensitive and prone to tooth decay.

To schedule an appointment to see a dentist about Bruxism or other dental problems, please feel free to call Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 today!

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