The Truth About Teeth Grinding & How To Stop It

Published On: February 3, 2023
Are you grinding your teeth without even knowing it? Teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) is a condition that affects many people but often goes undiagnosed because the signs and symptoms can be too subtle to detect. From disrupted sleep patterns, and temporomandibular joint disorders, to damaged teeth and an aching jaw, the consequences of chronic teeth grinding can range from mild annoyances to serious medical conditions – yet this deadly dental habit remains largely under-discussed. In this blog post, we’ll explore what exactly causes teeth grinding, how to identify if you’re doing it in your sleep or during the day – plus simple strategies on how to stop once and for all!

The exact causes of teeth grinding are not fully understood, but experts believe it’s a combination of mental and physical factors. Stress is thought to be the main culprit as tension in the facial muscles can lead to involuntary clenching and grinding throughout the day – while during sleep, it may be a result of dream-related anxiety or disordered behaviors like sleep talking. Other potential causes include an imbalance of hormones, genetics, lifestyle choices (such as alcohol consumption), missing or crooked teeth, misaligned jaws, and certain medications. 

Teeth grinding can occur both during sleep or during the day without you even knowing it. To identify if you’re grinding your teeth, look out for the following signs and symptoms: waking up with a sore jaw or headaches, teeth that feel loose, sensitive, or worn down, damage to your tooth enamel, the sound of grinding or clicking when you open and close your mouth, and disrupted sleep patterns (you may wake up still feeling tired despite getting enough rest).

Now, if you suspect that you have bruxism, there are several things you can do to help stop it. You can try stress-relief techniques such as meditation, exercise, mindfulness, and progressive muscle relaxation. You might also want to avoid foods, drinks, and lifestyle choices that may trigger teeth grinding (such as caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine). Wear a mouth guard or night guard to protect your teeth from further damage. Try consulting with a dentist for an oral splint that can help realign the jaw. Finally, try seeing a therapist if you think stress is the cause of your teeth grinding.

By following these simple strategies you can reduce or stop teeth grinding – ultimately helping you maintain your health and well-being. If you suspect that you’re suffering from bruxism it’s important to consult with a medical professional who can diagnose the condition properly and refer you to the right treatments. 

It’s time to put an end to teeth grinding for good! With the right information and support, you can begin taking steps towards a healthier life – free from bruxism. Take action today and start saying goodbye to this damaging dental habit. Contact us today at Renova Smiles to get started on learning how we can help protect your smile and keep it looking healthy! We assure you that we have the skill, experience, and state-of-the-art technology to care for our patients of all ages, including young children, adolescents, adults, and individuals with special needs.