Chronic tooth grinding has a medical term, and this is bruxism, a harmful habit that occurs most often during sleep and can be hard to detect. You could develop bruxism from a variety of risk factors, including stress, sleep apnea, using alcohol and tobacco and having a poor bite. To help you know if you should seek treatment for bruxism, we offer further insight on the condition.
You may need to receive a professional oral exam to determine if you have bruxism, but you can gain an idea of whether the condition is affecting you by asking a spouse, roommate or sibling if you can be heard grinding your teeth, or by looking for bruxism symptoms like daily headaches and facial pain, loose and fractured teeth, jaw soreness and tooth sensitivity.
Following the diagnosis, we are happy to help you review your options to effectively treat tooth grinding. Options include wearing a custom-made night guard while you sleep to prevent damage, using a prescription muscle relaxant to treat jaw tension and practicing calming exercises to reduce the stress that fuels grinding.
Children are a high demographic for bruxism, especially if they have mouth irritations, misaligned teeth or certain allergies. Due to their developing teeth and jaws, bruxism doesn’t often result in severe tooth damage, and the habit is typically gone by their teenage years.
Please feel free to contact Scott Ellard Dentistry at 269-329-1880 today if you need to speak with our dentist, Dr. Scott Ellard, about how to treat tooth grinding in Portage, Michigan.