Grinding of teeth is more technically referred to as bruxism. Many people do not even know that they grind their teeth, as it happens often during sleeping, but in fact it affects 30 to 40 million adults and children in the U.S. alone.
There are a number of causes of teeth grinding, one of which is that it is habit forming more than anything else. It may also be due to a reaction of the body when teeth fail to line up correctly. Some rare diseases of the muscles and nerves in the face may cause teeth grinding too as can the drugs Paxil (paroxetine) and Zoloft (sertraline).
The effects of tooth grinding
Serious teeth grinding can lead to
If you think that you are experiencing the effects of tooth grinding your dentist at Burlington, Ontario may well be able to help you. At a consultation the dentist will want to know something about your dental health and if you are subject to any specific stresses and any medication that you may be taking.
In both adults and children, teeth that have been damaged due to teeth grinding can be prevented. Typically, the person wears a bite splint or a night bite plate during the night which helps to relieve any pressure on the facial muscles and jaw joint. Hot compresses placed on facial muscles could offer some relief to any tightness and muscle pain tooth grinding may cause. Your Burlington, Ontario dentist can supply these appliances for you. If your tooth grinding is a dental problem to do with alignment of the teeth your dentist can reshape the biting area of your teeth which may help to stop the teeth grinding altogether.