Tooth Grinding

Tooth Grinding

Research suggests more than half of our population grinds their teeth from time to time, some are habitual grinders.

Teeth grinding – also known as bruxism – is uncontrolled clenching, grinding and gnashing of the teeth, which usually happens during sleep, but some people can experience it when they are awake. Most times they don’t realise they are doing it.

It is a very common condition and usually associated with episodes of stress.

Michael, your GHW dentist in Cleveland, Brisbane, says people who don’t know they are grinding their teeth should look out for these symptoms:

  • Headaches, or aching face, jaw, temples, teeth, ear and neck pain.
  • Grinding noises.
  • Sensitivity to cold drinks and pressure
  • Clenching your jaw when you are concentrating, stressed or angry.
  • Teeth indent on the tongue or raised tissue on the cheek caused by cheek biting.
Tooth Grinding

Michael and his dental team are equipped and have the experience to control and reduce the adverse consequences of grinding, which include cracked and chipped teeth, wear and tear and broken teeth, with the use of a splint – a special mouthguard – which is worn at night.

Your local GHW dentist in Cleveland, Brisbane, can examine your teeth if you suspect you’re grinding. They will talk you through a range of options to repair teeth and lessen the damage caused by grinding.

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FAQS About Tooth Grinding
The exact cause of tooth grinding is not always clear, but it can be associated with stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, malocclusion (misaligned bite), or certain medications.
Tooth grinding can be harmful as it can lead to dental problems such as tooth fractures, enamel wear, and gum recession. It may also cause jaw pain and discomfort.
Yes, tooth grinding is also common in children, particularly during the emergence of baby and permanent teeth. Most children outgrow this habit as they get older.
Tooth grinding is often diagnosed during a dental examination when signs of wear or damage to the teeth and jaw are observed. Patients may also report symptoms like jaw pain or headaches.
Yes, tooth grinding can be managed and treated. Treatment options may include wearing a dental splint or mouthguard to protect the teeth, stress management techniques, and addressing any underlying causes.
Yes, stress and anxiety are common triggers for tooth grinding. People may unconsciously grind their teeth as a response to stress or emotional tension.
While it may not be entirely preventable, reducing stress and anxiety levels, avoiding stimulating substances like caffeine or tobacco before bedtime, and wearing a mouthguard can help minimise tooth grinding.
Tooth grinding can be associated with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. In some cases, treating the sleep disorder may help alleviate tooth grinding symptoms.

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