Teeth Grinding 101

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Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is the result of damage after continuous grating of the teeth. Some causes may include an abnormal bite, missing teeth, sleep disorders, or it may be the cause of anxiety or stress. Teeth, jaw muscles and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can all be affected from grinding on a regular basis. Here at Today's Dentistry, we want to provide the best comfort and care for your teeth. Some symptoms of teeth grinding include:

– Headaches
– Swelling of your lower jaw
– Tight or painful jaw muscles
– Injured gums, damaged teeth, and/or broken dental fillings
– Enduring pain in the face and jaw
– Recurring contractions of the jaw muscles
– Clicking or popping of the TMJ
– Grinding sound at night, most noticeable by someone you are sharing a room with

Teeth grinding may result in loss of teeth, fractures, esthetic issues, and changes in the face. The TMJ and chewing muscles may also be affected due to intense force on the teeth. If stress or anxiety contributes to your bruxism, contact your doctor about reducing this stress and examine your medications.

Ways to reduce teeth grinding include:

– Cutting back or avoiding foods and drinks containing caffeine.
– Avoid chewing or opening plastics or wood such as pens, pencils, straws, or containers.
– If you clench/grind during the day, avoid this by training your tongue to rest behind your teeth.
– Avoid alcohol or smoking.

Your dentist can even fit you with a night guard to help protect your teeth. Today's Dentistry wants to help you with your bruxism and ways to prevent or treat your teeth grinding. Contact us at 813-989-3269 here in Temple Terrace, Florida to get a consultation or appointment today.