What is Bruxism?

Bruxism may not be a common term, but it is definitely a common issue. So, what is it exactly? Bruxism is a fancy word for teeth grinding.

Grinding your teeth has many causes and usually takes place during sleep. One of the top causes for someone that grinds their teeth is stress. Also, someone with an abnormal bite or fillings or crowns that sit higher than the rest of their teeth is prone to bruxism. And, believe it or not, a study has shown that people who drink alcohol or use tobacco are twice as likely to grind their teeth.

A lot of people may not even realize that they grind their teeth since it usually happens during sleep, but down the road the results can be a burden. Teeth grinding has been known to cause headaches, earaches, toothaches and even jaw pain. Grinding your teeth can also result in worn or fractured teeth.

Since grinding your teeth typically happens when you are sleeping, some may wonder how the problem can be prevented or fixed. No worries, there is a solution! Your dentist can make you a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth while you sleep.

So, if you have experienced these symptoms and think you are grinding your teeth you are not the only one! It’s not too late to protect your teeth from grinding.