Have you ever found yourself unconsciously grinding, gnashing or clenching your teeth? Maybe you’ve noticed an increase in headaches, sensitive teeth or chipped teeth? You may have bruxism, also known as teeth grinding.
People who grind their teeth may not realize they’re doing it until they notice common symptoms like waking up with jaw pain or having tired jaw muscles - they might find out from a roommate or significant other who noticed them clenching their teeth at night.
Some signs of bruxism may not be as pronounced and people may not discover the issue until their dental checkup. The dentist may point out symptoms such as worn tooth enamel or teeth that are flattened, fractured, chipped or loose.
Stress is a big factor in teeth grinding. A 2020 report by the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute found that over half of dentists surveyed saw an increase of patients with dental conditions often associated with stress, such as bruxism and chipped or cracked teeth. According to The Bruxism Association, while stress is a factor, bruxism is more commonly found among people who also have issues with snoring, sleep talking, sleep paralysis and other sleep disorders.
Another factor that can contribute to your teeth grinding is alcohol and tobacco use according to a 2016 study in the Journal of American Dental Association. Frequent alcohol drinkers and smokers are about twice as likely to grind their teeth.
The appropriate treatment depends on the cause of your bruxism. If you suffer from teeth grinding, be sure to talk with your doctor or dentist to determine the source of it. Based on the damage to your teeth, your dental professional may suggest:
Putting an end to teeth grinding can help alleviate pain, preserve your teeth and keep you smiling with confidence. If you suspect you have bruxism, visit us at our Dental Image Therapy Centres locations at St. Vital Centre and Garden City Shopping Centre to determine the best course of treatment.
Maybe it's time for your and your family's regular checkup and cleaning, you have a toothache or you need to get your treatment plan going - whatever the reason, we're here to help you get your confident smile. Whether you're a new patient or a returning friend, we can't wait to see you at your next appointment at either of our Winnipeg clinics!Book Now