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Dr Meenu Giri Family Dentistry

Bruxism: Dental Health and Teeth Grinding

Why Do People Grind Their Teeth?
Anxiety, sleep disorder, stress.

How Do I Find Out if I Grind My Teeth?
Dull, constant headache or sore jaw when you wake up is a telltale symptom of bruxism.

Why Is Teeth Grinding Harmful?
In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in a fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. it can also affect your jaws, cause or worsen TMD/TMJ, and even change the appearance of your face.

What Can I Do to Stop Grinding My Teeth?
Avoid or cut back on foods and drinks that contain caffeine, such as colas, chocolate, alcohol and coffee.. Attending stress counseling, starting an exercise program, seeing a physical therapist. Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding during sleep.

Do Children Grind Their Teeth?
The problem of teeth grinding is not limited to adults. Approximately 15% to 33% of children grind their teeth. No intervention is usually required with preschool-age children. However, older children may need temporary crowns or other methods, such as a night guard, to prevent the grinding.
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