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.
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.