Living up to its name, teeth grinding is a condition in which people grind their teeth during sleep. Unfortunately, it is a common condition and most people who sleep alone have no idea about it, since it happens involuntarily. So it comes to light only when a partner complains about it.
Teeth grinding can also be identified by the following effects
- Toothache in the mornings
- Jaw pain
- Facial pain
- Ear pain
- Lack of sleep
Reasons for Grinding
The proper reason for grinding is not yet known, but for some people, it is just a habit. Teeth grinding occurs due to misalignment of teeth in some cases, and the movement of the jaw during sleep. Sometimes, the movement of the jaw is involuntary.
Stress and anxiety are other reasons for teeth grinding. Sometimes, people will grind their teeth in cold climatic conditions as well. On the whole, this phenomenon mostly occurs without knowledge.
Consequences of Teeth Grinding
The consequences of teeth grinding are limited initially, but at a later stage, they will cause a lot of damage to the enamel. Slowly, the teeth itself will be worn out, thereby inducing the alternative of teeth replacement only. The other disadvantage is that most of the teeth will be equally affected and it just does not end with one tooth. Hence, you must pay attention to your teeth always.
How to Stop Teeth Grinding
The only way to stop teeth grinding is to visit a dentist regularly. Since most of us might not even know if we have this condition, a dentist is the best person who will be able to figure it out. Our dentists at Parramatta are well trained to diagnose and treat teeth grinding effectively.
Teeth grinding is a condition which could also result as an effect of stress and mental illness. If you think that is the reason, explain it to your dentist, so that they could assist you in proper treatment. Visiting a relaxation centre and attending stress management programs can also help.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, give us a call immediately.