Bruxism is the incidence of tooth grinding or clenching of the teeth during sleep. Grinding and clenching of teeth will cause damage to teeth and affect one’s oral health but for most people, bruxism is an unconscious habit because it happens while sleeping. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to jaw pain and other dental problems.

Teeth grinding can destroy the surrounding bone and gum tissue in your mouth. The symptoms of bruxism can cause temporomandibular joint problems leading to problems with chewing and abnormal pain in the jaw.

What causes bruxism?

  • Dental problems
  • Suppressed anger
  • High levels of alcohol consumption
  • Stress

What are the symptoms?

  • Worn tooth enamel, exposing the inside of your tooth
  • Earache
  • Jaw muscle discomfort
  • Headache
  • Sore gums
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Eating disorders
  • Chronic facial pain
  • Increased tooth sensitivity

How to treat teeth grinding

Occasional bruxism are mild and may not require treatment but when teeth grinding occurs regularly, it may cause with moderate to severe dental damage, facial pain, and disturbed sleep. So if you are grinding your teeth every night, it is recommended you see a dentist who is an expert in bruxism.

At Healthy Smiles of La Grange, your trusted dentist Dr. Qureshi will take a look at the current shape of your oral health.  To treat regular teeth grinding, a dental appliance called mouthguards made of soft plastic will be recommended. A mouthguard slips over the upper teeth and protects them from grinding against the lower teeth.

How to prevent bruxism

  • Don’t skip sleep and get plenty of it.
  • Find a way to relax a few hours before bedtime to reduce stress levels.
  • Get regular dental exams to screen against sleep bruxism.
  • Avoid eating hard foods like nuts, candies, or even steak.
  • Avoid use of caffeine, tobacco, cocaine or amphetamines.

If you have the symptoms of bruxism, don’t just let it be. Teeth grinding can affect your overall health and should be treated immediately. To know your options, schedule an appointment with expert dentist in La Grange, Dr. Qureshi by calling (708) 482-4420 today.