Causes and Treatments of Tooth Grinding

Causes and Treatments of Tooth GrindingTooth grinding, also called bruxism, includes grinding the molars or incisors as well as clenching the jaw muscles. Most people do it from time to time, but for some, the grinding is so severe or regular that it can create serious oral health issues. Tooth grinding is a subconscious activity that often occurs at night, and many times those who grind their teeth are unaware of their habit.

Causes of Tooth Grinding
Tooth grinding can have several different causes. Many believe it is caused strictly by stress or anxiety, but this is not always the case. Some also theorize that bruxism is caused by stomach disorders. Commonly, misaligned or missing teeth can cause bruxism.

If you suspect that you grind your teeth, our Los Angeles dentist can examine your teeth for signs of wear, help you sort out the causes, and find an appropriate course of treatment.

Treatments for Tooth Grinding
Chronic tooth grinding can wear down, fracture, and even loosen teeth, leading to the necessity of crowns, bridgework, and partial or full dentures. Bruxism can also cause chronic headaches and jaw or neck pain as well. It is far preferable to treat the bruxism before any serious damage occurs.

Our dentist in Los Angeles can help by creating a custom-fitting mouth guard that prevents nocturnal tooth grinding. At-home treatments that may also be suggested include reducing the intake of caffeine and alcohol to improve sleep patterns, avoiding chewing on hard non-food items such as pencils, and practicing relaxation techniques.

Source: Dentist Los Angeles

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