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Teeth Grinding

Stop grinding your teeth

Teeth grinding is primarily a sleep disorder; however, many sufferers may find that they grind their teeth in the daytime hours, as well. While it may seem like little more than an irritating habit, when you grind your teeth, you're potentially damaging not only your teeth, but also your jaw and facial muscles. It's important that you work with your doctor to take steps to stop grinding your teeth.

Teeth grinding is called Bruxism in the medical world. Because you grind your teeth subconsciously and often aren't aware of the condition until someone else notices (teeth grinding can be a very loud habit), it's important to recognize the symptoms. Worn teeth are a good sign of teeth grinding, but so too are chronic face pain, headaches, ear aches, or damage to your tongue or cheeks. Recognizing your problem is your first step to solving it.

Anxiety and teeth grinding

Anxiety and teeth grinding are often closely linked. When you're stressed, you may often unconsciously clench your jaw, which can lead to teeth grinding. Teeth grinding may also be a sign that you're supressing negative emotion. Therefore, if you find yourself consistently grinding your teeth, you may want to get a check-up of your emotional health, as well as your physical.

Sometimes grinding your teeth can be a symptom of another underlying health problem, particularly when you're considering teeth grinding in children. Children will often grind their teeth as a reaction to ear ache or even when teething.

Grinding guard

Besides looking into any possible psychosomatic causes behind your teeth grinding, getting a grinding guard is the best solution to the problem. You can get a grinding guard over the counter without a prescription; however, you can get your dentist to make a custom fitted one for you if you find that you need it for longer periods of time.

Most of the time, teeth grinding is a temporary condition. Most kids will grow out of it naturally, and those who suffer from the problem in times of stress, will typically stop on their own once other problems are sorted out.

However, for some people, other options, such as shortening long teeth or using physical therapy to train the jaw to avoid grinding may be necessary.

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