Grinding or clenching your teeth is a condition known as bruxism. It often occurs in children while they sleep, and they usually grow out of it. If it continues you should consider talking with your dentist about addressing the problem.
Bruxism can be the side effect of a malocclusion, commonly known as a bad bite. This is a condition in which your teeth do not meet one another properly. Our dentist, Dr. Steven Rodriguez can check your bite during your next visit. Bruxism can also be the result of a reaction to stress.
You may find yourself grinding or clenching your teeth throughout the day either as a result of stress or as a habit. If you are doing it at night, you may not be aware of it, however, there are some signs that could indicate that bruxism is a problem for you. You may have unexplained pain in your jaw muscles or even a headache. Your teeth may be sensitive or flattened or worn down from the grinding.
Over time, bruxism can seriously damage your teeth and can create headaches. Your dentist may suggest trying some relaxation techniques, or even counseling to mitigate, or to figure out the source of your stress. If you grind your teeth at night, the dentist may suggest that you wear a night guard, which is a mouth guard designed to be worn while you sleep. A night guard will cushion your teeth and keep them from grinding against each other while you sleep. You may need orthodontic treatment to adjust your bite. If you suffer from bruxism in Barton City, Michigan, we can help you find some solutions. If you would like to make an appointment at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Jewell Lake, call 989-736-7000 today and we’ll schedule you for an appointment.