Bruxism: Could You be Damaging Your Teeth While You Sleep?

It does not matter how careful you are in taking care of your teeth throughout the day, you may accidently be causing damage to them at night, or in various situations throughout the day. Many people cause damage to their teeth through the day and night by grinding their teeth and clenching their jaw. This condition is known to dental professionals as bruxism.

People who suffer from bruxism typically carry out the damaging actions of grinding their teeth and clenching their jaw during stressful situations, or while they are sleeping at night. We will help you learn to identify bruxism and learn about the different triggers that lead to the damaging behavior. There are many treatments available, including long-term and short-term treatments.

Causes and Symptoms of Bruxism

The primary reasons for jaw clenching and teeth grinding causes include stress and anxiety. Even when patients with bruxism are awake, they suffer from the symptoms because it is one method for the body to natural manage stress and we are not even aware it is happening. To determine if you may be suffering from this condition, pay attention to what your mouth is doing the next time you are in stressful situation. Nearly 8 percent of the population suffers from Bruxism, do you?

According to the American Dental Association, one way to know for sure that you have Bruxism is if you wake up with a sore mouth, or your jaw muscle is sore and tight. Your teeth may also start to wear down and the chewing surfaces begin to feel different than what you are used to.

If you have chronic, long-term Bruxism, you may notice the development of earaches and chronic headaches. While many people brush these off as what they feel like, they are left in the dark about the damage they are doing to their teeth.

Diagnosing and Treating Bruxism and Underlying Conditions 

The most accurate way to confirm a diagnosis of bruxism is to tell your dentist in Tacoma WA about your symptoms. Your dentist will be able to review the wear patterns on your teeth and examine the muscle of your jaw to decide whether the wear patterns match with the symptoms of clenching and grinding your teeth.

If your doctor does determine that bruxism may be the cause of your symptoms, they will prescribe a mouth guard to prevent your teeth from grinding while you are asleep. During the day, you will need to be more conscience about what you are doing and whether your jaw is tight.

Another possible treatment for bruxism is treating stress related medical conditions, like anxiety and depression. With the right medication and talk therapy, you may be better able to cope with stressful situations to avoid clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth.