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Teeth Grinding

 
 
teeth grinding
 

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is often viewed as a harmless, though annoying, habit. Some people develop bruxism from the inability to handle stress or anxiety.

However, teeth grinding can literally transform your bite relationship and even worse, severely damage your teeth and jaws over lengthy periods of time.

Teeth grinding can cause abrasion to the chewing surfaces of your teeth. This abnormal wear and tear will prematurely age and loosen your teeth, and introduce problems such as hypersensitivity (from the small cracks that form, exposing your dentin.) Bruxism can also lead to chronic jaw and facial pain, as well as headaches.

If no one has told you that you grind your teeth, here are some clues that you may suffer from bruxism:
  • Your jaw is often sore (especially in the morning), or you hear popping sounds when you open and close your mouth.
  • Your teeth look abnormally short or worn down.
  • You notice small dents in your tongue.
Bruxism is somewhat treatable. A common therapy involves use of a special appliance worn while sleeping. Less intrusive, though just as effective methods could involve chewing alterations, anti-inflammatory medication,and behavior modification, such as learning how to properly align your tongue, teeth and lips.


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