It may sound strange but many people don’t realise they grind their teeth. The habit can be very damaging to teeth and can have follow on symptoms you may not expect.
Exactly when, why and how long you clench and, or grind varies. The habit is usually involuntary and often associated with stress. It’s common for people (including children) to clench and grind during their sleep so we’ll often hear of partners and parents complaining about the noise before the patient is aware.
Anyone who suffers day-long headaches or jaw ache from bruxism will tell you that finding a solution is a wonderful relief that allows you to enjoy your day without nagging pain or discomfort.
Because grinding and clenching generally happen during sleep, the symptoms are often worst when you first wake. So what are the symptoms?
Signs and symptoms of teeth grinding include:
Factors that may trigger grinding include:
Complications that arise from teeth grinding may include:
If you think you may be grinding your teeth it’s a good idea to bring it up with your dental professional as there are lots of techniques available to help manage the habit and help address the symptoms.
If you hear of see your child grind their teeth or clench their jaws quite firmly – don’t be alarmed it’s not unusual for this to happen from time to time. In most cases, children don’t cause any damage unless the grinding is very regular. If you are concerned do raise the issue because there are solutions we can work through for children as well.
Therapy may vary from self massage or relaxation techniques, to the use of different removable appliances to protect your teeth from damage or muscle relaxants to help break the habit and provide relief.
If you’re wanting an assessment call bcdental on 9589 2675 and one of our friendly staff will assist you in booking an appointment.
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