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Teeth Grinding


“Get a grip” or “Deal with it!”  Advice we hear, and even give, when it comes to dealing with stress.  If you don’t deal with stress, the result could be grinding your teeth or clenching your jaws.  This is called bruxism, and often happens while you sleep. 

Teeth grinding can happen not with just stress and anxiety, but also sleep disorders, abnormal bite, or crooked/missing teeth.  Teeth grinding can also be associated with alcohol and tabacco use.  A study found that people who drink alcohol and smokers are twice as likely to grind their teeth. 

Symptoms of teeth grinding include:

  •  A dull headache
  • Sore jaw
  • Teeth that are painful or loose
  • Broken or fractured teeth

If you speak to your dentist, they can fit you with a mouth guard to help protect your teeth while you sleep.  There are some cases where your dentist or family physician may recommend taking a muscle relaxant before bed.  If stress is causing grinding, finding a way to relax is crucial.  Medication, counseling, and exercise all have been proven to help reduce stress and anxiety. 

Teeth grinding is common in children, but because their teeth and jaws change and grow quickly, it is not usually a damaging habit that requires treatment.  Most will outgrow it by adolescence.  Mobile AL Best Family Dentist

With adults, teeth grinding is often a result of being stressed.  This is not always true with children.  Possible causes of teeth grinding in children can include:

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