Teeth GrindingAn Overview
Do you grind your teeth at night during sleep? Are you even aware that it’s happening?
Some people are surprised to hear that the reason they are experiencing headaches, worn teeth or broken teeth is because of teeth grinding. Most people don’t even realize they grind their teeth because they are doing it while they sleep. Our dentists in Hunt Valley, MD can easily identify signs of teeth grinding during a routine oral exam.
Valley Dental Health will work with you to identify possible causes of your tooth grinding habit, as well as how to prevent it and prevent further damage. Tooth grinding and jaw clenching are often key signs that there is an imbalance in your bite. We can address an imbalanced bite to restore oral health and prevent teeth grinding, clenching and the side-effects.
Bruxism is often referred to as “teeth grinding” and is commonly associated with stress. Stress, which contributes to teeth grinding, can either be from environmental sources and/or stress in the occlusal system. When your teeth, jaw joints and muscles aren’t working in harmony, it creates tension. This can lead to facial pain, headaches, teeth grinding and other problems.
Some of the tell-tale signs of teeth grinding include:
- Worn teeth (look for teeth that have chips or flat spots)
- Dull teeth, because of worn tooth enamel
- Sensitive teeth
- Jaw pain
- Chronic earache without ear infection
- Headache or facial pain
- Cuts or sores on the inside cheek
Everyone is different. You may not experience all of these symptoms, but you can still have the underlying issue. Remember, only a licensed dental professional can diagnose your condition. Visit Valley Dental Health for a worry-free consultation today.