Bruxism is the term used to describe teeth grinding during sleep. Teeth clenching or gnashing often goes undetected until a spouse or partner hears the grinding at night or damage is detected by your dentist.
Bruxism is often caused by factors such as:
A reaction to pain
Certain sleep disorders
The problem is often increased with the consumption of caffeine and alcohol. In severe cases grinding and clenching can have effects on your oral health including chipped teeth, hot and cold sensitivity, and damage to dental work.
Signs of bruxism include sensitive teeth, jaw muscle pain in the morning, tooth tips that are flattened or dull.
Bruxism can be treated or reduced through relaxation techniques, change in dietary habits and, in more severe cases, limited by a custom-fitted mouthguard.
If you grind or clench your teeth, speak to your dentist at our Etobicoke dental office about ways to alleviate or eliminate the problem.