This habit actually has a name – bruxism – and often it’s something we do when we sleep.
It can be caused by stress and anxiety and it can also be due to sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or missing and crooked teeth.
It can lead to symptoms such as dull headache or a sore jaw.
Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth during sleep.
Severe grinding can lead to painful or loose teeth and this can lead to fractures in your teeth.
Taking stress out on your teeth in this way can lead to long term damage so, if stress is the cause, you need to find a way to relax!
Relaxants, counseling and even exercise may help reduce stress and tension and can be a big help to your teeth.
Contact Wavell Family Dental today for more information.
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