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Bruxism? Facts to Sleep On

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If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw at night while you sleep, you are suffering from a condition called bruxism. Teeth grinding affects up to 40 million adults and children in the United States alone. The habit can develop at any age, and symptoms may even occur when you’re awake. You may unconsciously clench your teeth together when concentrating, driving, reading, or writing. During sleep, the condition causes rhythmic contractions of the jaw.

Signs of Bruxism

  • Rhythmic contraction of jaws at night
  • Persistent facial pain
  • Tight or sore jaw muscles
  • Grinding noise during sleep
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain or dysfunction
  • Shoulder and neck pain or stiffness
  • Excessive wear of tooth enamel
  • Ear pain
  • Headache
  • Jaw swelling

Teeth Grinding Triggers

The following conditions and habits may cause you to grind your teeth:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stressful work environment
  • Excessive caffeine intake
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea

Get Advanced Treatment from an Affordable Dentist

Occlusal appliances and mandibular advancement devices are the two main types of treatments employed by affordable dentists. Occlusal appliances are custom-made devices that fit over your top or bottom row of teeth and are worn while you sleep; these include splints, bite guards, and bite plates. Mandibular advancement devices fit over your top and bottom teeth. They work by gradually repositioning the jaw forward and are recommended when sleep apnea is likely the cause of tooth grinding. When symptoms are due to stress, behavioral management or psychotherapy can also help. If you want to stop grinding your teeth and prevent further damage to your tooth enamel and jaw, seek out an affordable dentist for help. The dentists Atlanta trusts can recommend the best treatment to help manage the condition.

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