Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is damaging for your teeth. It is more prevalent in children than adults, especially when new teeth are growing in. Teeth grinding can happen while you are awake or asleep and is commonly related to a misaligned bite, stress, pre-existing sleep conditions, or genetic factors. If you grind your teeth you may notice increased teeth sensitivity, worn down enamel, chipped or flattened teeth, a tired jaw, or headaches. To reduce damage from teeth grinding, there are a few things you can try:
· Sleep in a different position
· Spend time to destress before going to sleep
· Reduce caffeine intake
· Wear a night guard
When you come in to our dental clinic feel free to speak to our staff about what you can do to reduce the damage caused by teeth grinding.