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What is Bruxism?


Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is what most people call it. People think it’s harmless, but it can effect your dental health, your overall health, and your well being. You can read this to learn more about bruxism and what you can really do about it.

What happens if I grind my teeth?

If you have headaches, ear pain, and/or pain in your jaw or neck muscles, you may have bruxism, which is when you grind your teeth. You might get TMJ, which is a condition that makes your jaw hurt a lot. Also, tooth grinding can make your teeth chip or break, which can lead to an infection. This is because the enamel on your teeth can be worn away by the grinding. As time goes on, if it isn’t taken care of, it can cause teeth to fall out. To fix your teeth, you might need to have a root canal or get a crown. You might also need dentures or implants to replace your teeth, though.

Why do people grind their teeth?

Most people will grind their teeth from time to time, and it’s not dangerous. When people do it every night, it can start to cause a lot of trouble. A misaligned bite, stress, or anxiety can cause it. It can also be caused by sleep apnea.

What can be done about Bruxism?

If you think you might grind your teeth while you sleep, you should go to the dentist right away. They can see if any damage has been done and give you advice on how to deal with any pain it is causing. You can then talk to your dentist about ways to keep your teeth healthy and stop you from grinding your teeth.

If you have bruxism because you have a sleep disorder or are stressed and anxious, you might want to see your doctor to see what they say about it.

You may not even know that you grind your teeth until someone tells you that they can hear you doing it while you sleep or that you have a lot of headaches and jaw pain.

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