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Why Do People Grind Their Teeth?

Daniel_Casel_D.M.D. Premier Dentistry of StuartBruxism or teeth grinding is an issue many Americans deal with. It is estimated that around 8 percent of all adults have this condition, though the number is probably higher than that. Keep in mind that bruxism is involuntary and usually happens at night. Another study showed that about one third of parents have seen their children grind their teeth at night. There is no doubt that bruxism is an issue, and it is a problem that Dr. Dan Casel and his team take seriously.

Why are You Grinding Your Teeth?

You probably figured out that you grind your teeth, since you are reading this. Most people find out because a loved one tells them or because signs point them to this conclusion. Signs, just in case, include the following:

  • Unexplained headaches
  • Earaches in the morning
  • Jaw pain in the morning
  • Visible teeth damage

Of course, these are just some of the most obvious signs of the condition. Dr. Casel and his team can offer more information. Now, the reason bruxism develops is a little harder to tackle. There is no real concrete answer to that, but there are several factors that can put anyone at risk, like the following:

  • Some evidence links stress or anxiety to teeth grinding.
  • Bad vices have also been linked to this issue, such as smoking or the over-consumption of caffeine and alcohol.
  • Sleep disorders like sleep apnea could be the culprit.
  • Excessive fatigue has been linked to bruxism.
  • Certain medications like amphetamine could be the issue.

There could be other issues causing you to grind your teeth, but these are some of the most common reasons.

Bruxism Should not be Taken Lightly

Some people do not take teeth grinding seriously, which is also the case with snoring. You may assume that snoring is nothing more than a nuisance, but this disorder actually causes a significant loss of oxygen to the brain. The brain needs a constant supply of oxygen, but snoring has been shown to cause some brain damage.

Bruxism is another issue that cannot be taken lightly, and everyone at Premier Dentistry of Stuart wants to do their part to help you avoid the problems associated with teeth grinding. The following are just a few issues that bruxism can lead to:

  • The jaw pain could become so severe that it prevents you from opening your mouth normally.
  • The possibility of a damaged or fractured tooth cusp is increased.
  • Grinding could lead to premature broken fillings, forcing you to go through that process again.
  • Gums might recede, or you may experience inflamed gums.
  • There is a chance that teeth will shift around.
  • Severe bruxism can lead to tooth loss after enough time.
  • Some people suffer from a popping jaw joint or clicking sound when they open or close their mouths.

Bruxism can be quite serious and should not be taken lightly. No one at Premier Dentistry of Stuart would recommend that you ignore this issue. You really want to be sure not to let this condition continue for any length of time. When you visit our office, Dr. Casel and his associates will be able to advise the proper course of action for you to take. You might find that you only need to start using a night guard. Of course, there are other solutions that your dentist will consider, and the root of the issue will be explored. But the key is to take steps to deal with this sneaky ailment as soon as possible.

Get started on your way to ending excessive teeth grinding, and start enjoying a restful nights sleep. Call us today at (772) 286-3088!