Do you grind your teeth…you are not alone!

Categories: General Dentistry, General News, Specialist Care
Posted on: September 12, 2014 12:01

Teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, it often occurs during sleep and can be caused by an abnormal bite or missing teeth. You may not even know you’re grinding your teeth as grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth.

The medical term for this condition is Bruxism. A tell tale symptom of Bruxism is a dull, constant headache or sore jaw.

Not only can grinding damage teeth and result in tooth loss, it can also affect your jaws, resulting in changes to the appearance of your face, leading to potential loss of self-esteem and self-confidence. Bruxism also affects people when they are awake, although this is more likely to be clenching the teeth and jaw, rather than grinding. Most people do it subconsciously while they are concentrating.

The condition is more common than you think –you are not alone. About 8%-10% of the UK population are thought to be affected by teeth grinding. It can occur in both children and adults, although it is most common in adults between the ages of 25 and 44.

Lifestyle can have a big effect on how Bruxism affects you. For example, regularly drinking alcohol, smoking and using recreational drugs such as ecstasy and cocaine, increase your risk of bruxism.

It is possible for your dentist to help with treatment if it is affecting your health and wellbeing. Talk to your dentist about mouth guards and splints to help prevent your teeth from being damaged further.

Needless to say, making some simple lifestyle changes, such as giving up smoking, reducing your alcohol intake and managing stress will have a positive effect on your overall Oral health not just your teeth grinding.

Want to know more then call us at Elliott McCarthy Dental Care on 01429 863356 or go to www.elliottmccarthy.com

Content courtesy of College Street Dental, Petersfield

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