Bruxism (teeth grinding) by Dr. Aaron Lai
Bruxism is a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth when you’re awake or grind them during sleep.
Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time. Occasional teeth grinding, does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged.
Doctors don’t completely understand what causes bruxism, but it may be due to a combination of physical and psychological factors.
What Can I Do to Stop Grinding My Teeth?
Bruxism is often triggered by stress or anxiety. Find ways to reduce stress in your life so that your muscles are less likely to be hyperactive. Many people find that practices such as meditation, yoga, or even taking a hot bath can alleviate stress and provide relaxation.
Get a Mouth Guard
Since you can’t control your movements while you’re sleeping, a mouth guard can protect your teeth at night. While this will not prevent teeth grinding, at least it will protect your teeth.
How can bruxism causes harm to me?
In most cases, bruxism doesn’t cause serious complications. But severe bruxism may lead to fracturing, loosening, loss of teeth, severe facial or jaw pain.