Many people grind their teeth, which is called Bruxism. When it occurs on a regular basis, often during sleep, it can cause harm to the teeth, gums and the muscles of your head and neck.
How do I find out if I grind my teeth?
If you grind your teeth at night, you might experience headaches, or jaw tenderness, or your dentist might find abnormalities in your teeth that indicate possible teeth grinding.
Why is grinding teeth harmful?
Teeth grinding over a long period of time can cause fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. In severe cases, it can lead to hearing loss, TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) and even change the appearance of your face.
What can I do to stop teeth grinding?
Your dentist can fit you with a customized mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding during sleep. The mouth guard, made of soft plastic, will be comfortable to sleep in. When you get used to it, you will find it to be more comfortable than sleeping without it.
In some cases, a more definitive treatment like having braces, implants or multiple crowns or veneers, may be necessary to correct your bite to a healthier one.