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How to stop grinding my teeth dentist in Fairhope, AL

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Want to know how to stop grind your teeth? First thing you need to know about how to stop grinding your teeth is what exactly griding is. Bruxism is the excessive grinding of the teeth and/or excessive clenching of the jaw. Bruxism, often referred to as "gnashing," is the act of involuntary teeth grinding, either while awake or asleep. Bruxism is a common problem: reports of prevalence range from 8–31% in the general population. Bruxism may cause minimal symptoms, and therefore people may not be aware of the condition. Several symptoms are commonly associated with bruxism, including hypersensitive teeth, aching jaw muscles, and headaches. Bruxism results primarily in tooth damage and jaw pain and may be caused by psychological effects of everyday stress.

It is estimated that the teeth are in contact for less than 20 minutes per day, mostly during chewing and swallowing. Normally during sleep, the voluntary muscles are inactive due to physiologic motor paralysis, and the jaw is usually open. How do you stop grinding your teeth you ask? First you need to come to Sweet Water Dentistry and see Dr. Phillip Greer. After that we will do impressions to make a mouth gaurd for you to wear at night. This prevents the wear on your teeth you would normally experience at night. 

 

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