It’s not uncommon for dentists to encounter patients who grind their teeth.
The predominantly involuntarily habit of grinding teeth typically occurs at night and as a result of stress, although even children as young as ten-years-old have been identified as teeth grinders. Unchecked, teeth grinding or “bruxism,” as it’s referred to in the dental world can cause pain and discomfort and may potentially loosen the teeth. At Hospital Dental Group, Dr. Anatoliy Ravin works with patients regularly to help them to stop grinding teeth and keep their smile beautifully intact.
The Daily Grind May Be More Responsible for Teeth Grinding Than You Think
A recent article reflected that up to 70-percent of teeth grinding comes as a direct result of stress. It may not be surprising then, that a large demographic of teeth grinders resides in the age 30 to 60 bracket—during the career years.
Some people may be completely unaware that they are grinding their teeth, particularly teeth grinding in sleep. Other individuals, however, may hear themselves audibly grind their teeth. Other teeth grinding symptoms include:
- Sore Teeth
- Sore Jaw
- Sore Neck/shoulders
- Cracked/Misaligned Teeth
- Receding Gums
- Misaligned jaw
In addition to stress, there are more scenarios that may lead to teeth grinding, including:
- Excessive amounts of caffeine
- Experiencing irritation in the mouth
- Byproduct of misaligned and missing teeth
- Upset stomach caused by gastrointestinal issues
How Does Teeth Grinding Affect Children?
Bruxism is something that often originates as a childhood habit. Perhaps surprisingly, studies have demonstrated that grinding teeth during childhood is actually less detrimental for children than it is for adults. Since children’s teeth and jaw are in a constant state of growth and change, there is usually little to no lasting damage caused by childhood teeth grinding. Thankfully, most children will grow out of this phase by adolescence. If your child has a habit of grinding his/her teeth, it’s worth noting and observing, but not something to be too concerned about yet—its an issue you can revisit when your child transitions into an adolescent.
Help! How Do I Stop Grinding My Teeth?
Although treatments vary for helping individuals to stop grinding teeth, one of the most common is the implementation of a mouth guard. There are several different types of mouthguards to choose from. While you can purchase a mouthguard over the counter, Dr. Ravin may suggest a custom mouthguard constructed from an individualized mold of your teeth. Having a customizable mouthguard is preferable for patients seeking a more comfortable, durable, and long-lasting option—especially if Dr. Ravin has you wearing your teeth grinding mouth guard at night while you sleep.
Other treatments to help patients stop grinding teeth may include:
- Treating stress with therapy and stress-reducing activities
- Treating stress with medication
- Utilizing crowns or other restorations in severe cases
If you’d like more information about how to stop grinding teeth or would like to schedule a visit with us, contact us now at 860-524-5194. One of our friendly, professional, and knowledgeable HDG staff members looks forward to speaking with you soon!