Do You Have an Ax to Grind About Bruxism?

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Bruxism is a disorder where you repeatedly grind or clench your teeth to the point of dental damage. Some people do it to cope with stress, while others do it while they’re sleeping. Whether it’s a daily habit or an unconscious act, it’s important to know how to spot the signs and properly treat the condition since it can lead to many major problems.

Grounds for Grinding

While the cause of teeth grinding isn’t completely understood, it is often attributed to these psychological and physical reasons:

  • Emotions including anxiety, anger, frustration, and stress
  • An aggressive, competitive, or hyperactive personality
  • A psychological coping strategy or habit when focusing
  • Abnormal alignment of upper and lower teeth
  • Sleep problems, such as sleep apnea
  • Stomach acid reflux
  • The response to an earache or teething pain in children
  • Complication resulting from a medical disorder like Parkinson’s disease or Huntington’s disease

Symptoms of Suffering

It’s simple to see the signs of bruxism because they’re often written all over your face. If you experience these symptoms or notice them in a family member, then it’s time to get treatment for this teeth grinding and you should make an appointment at one of the dental clinics in Peoria. The signs of a problem include:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Worn tooth enamel that exposes the tooth’s inner layers
  • Flattened, fractured, loose, or chipped teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Soreness in the face or jaw
  • Tight, tense jaw muscles
  • Gnaw marks on the inside of your cheek
  • Indentations on the tongue
  • Dull headache, starting in the temples
  • Pain similar to an earache

A Range of Remedies

While it’s wise to get an expert opinion from one of the dental clinics in Peoria, treatment isn’t always required. Many adults have a mild case that doesn’t call for treatment, while numerous kids just outgrow the problem. But if the bruxism is severe, these are the various approaches and therapies for treatment:

  • Dental correction can put teeth back in proper alignment to reduce teeth grinding.
  • Mouth guards and splints can separate teeth to prevent dental damage.
  • Behavior therapy can help change the behaviors causing the bruxism.
  • Stress management techniques can help you cope with tension to relieve stress-related bruxism.
  • Medication like muscle relaxants and Botox injections can relax the muscles to reduce the tension that leads to grinding.

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