Bruxism is a condition in which you clench or grind your teeth. You may unconsciously clench your teeth together during the day, or clench or grind them during the night. Bruxism generally doesn't require treatment, simply management. However if more severe, bruxism may lead to complications such as jaw disordered, headaches, damaged teeth, and worse. It is important to get regular check ups for the symptoms of bruxism. You may suffer from bruxism if you experience some of these symptoms and signs:
- Damage from chewing on the inside of your cheek
- Tired or clenched jaw muscles
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Teeth that are flattened, chipped, fractured or loose
- Someone has told yo you grind or clench your teeth in your sleep
- You have a locked jaw when you wake up
Bruxism can be a symptom of stress or other emotions, sleep problems, bad habit, diseases such as Huntington's disease, or abnormal alignment of lower and upper teeth and more. In most cases treatment for bruxism isn't needed for kids because they may grow out of it, and splints or mouth guards may help manage it. Braces to proper align teeth may also treat bruxism. Medications are sometimes given out, but the main treatment for more severe cases is behaviour therapy, biofeedback and stress management.
For more information on Bruxism, or for help managing, call or stop by Summerlyn Dental Care in Bradford, Ontario today.