Did you know that teeth grinding has a medical term known as bruxism? The nature of bruxism is an unconscious act that usually occurs while the patient is sleeping. The risk factor for this behavior can include a bad bite, stress, the use of alcohol and tobacco and sleep apnea. We offer a review of the symptoms and potential treatments for bruxism to help you protect your smile’s health.
It can be difficult to detect bruxism on your own, but you can ask a sibling, roommate or spouse to tell you if you are showing signs of teeth grinding during your sleep. Additionally, if you frequently suffer from a sore jaw, tooth sensitivity, dull headaches or fractured or loose teeth, these can be indications of bruxism.
After being diagnosed with bruxism, you can receive many types of treatment from our dentist and team. For example, you may receive a custom-made night guard that is worn to protect your bite from grinding. Another option is a muscle relaxant prescription to take around bedtime. If stress is the cause of your bruxism, you can try calming practices such as daily exercise or meditation or speak with a counselor.
Did you know that children are the most common age group for bruxism? Causes of bruxism for children typically include allergies, mouth irritation or misaligned teeth. Fortunately, they are not as at risk for dental damage from the habit because their teeth and jaws are still developing. Most children outgrow bruxism by the time they are teenagers.
If you would like to learn more about treating bruxism in Prescott, Arizona, we invite you to book an appointment with Dr. Jason Campbell by calling Pro Solutions Dental Group at 928-776-1208 today.