Bruxism: Are You Grinding Your Teeth?

August 27th, 2019


Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding is the unconscious or conscious grinding of teeth. Both children and adults can suffer from bruxism. Although bruxism often happens at night during sleep it may also occur during the day. 

What causes bruxism?

Bruxism has been linked to stress as well as crooked or misaligned teeth. People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to grind their teeth. 

How is bruxism treated?

The dentist will recommend treatment depending on the cause of your bruxism. It may present itself as a single disorder or a symptom for another medical condition. 

The most common type of treatment is wearing a mouthguard at night. There are different types and designs of mouthguards but they all help prevent your teeth from getting damaged. Your dentist can provide a custom-made one that is very comfortable for you.

If stress is the underlying issue, talk to your dentist. He or she may recommend a certified therapist who will help you with stress and sleep management. 

As always, your dentist is a good person to discuss any issues you have regarding your teeth. With regular checkups, your dentist can treat any dental or jaw problems to avoid complications.