Did you know the medical term for teeth grinding is bruxism? Well, it’s true! Bruxism is by nature an unconscious act and usually, happens when sleeping. Risk factors include stress, alcohol and tobacco use, a malformed bite, and even a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea.
Detecting bruxism on your own can be problematic. If you share a bed or room with a spouse, roommate or sibling, you may want to ask them to check for signs of teeth grinding while you are asleep. As for your own detective work, you may notice dull headaches, jaw soreness, tooth sensitivity, or even have loose or fractured teeth.
If you are diagnosed with bruxism, we can offer you many forms of treatment. We can fit you with a custom-made night guard to protect your bite while you are asleep. We may prescribe a muscle relaxant for you to take before bedtime. If your bruxism is caused by stress, you may want to incorporate meditation or exercise into your daily routine or start seeing a counselor.
Did you know that bruxism is most common in children? Luckily, the habit is not usually detrimental to them because of their changing teeth and jaws. By the time they are teenagers, they will probably outgrow it. Causes vary from those of adults and include mouth irritation, allergies or misaligned teeth.
If you think you may have bruxism, don’t delay in calling 561-440-4633 to book an appointment with Beach Tree Dental Care in Boca Raton, Florida for diagnosis and treatment. We’re here to help.