Did you know that millions of people can crack a walnut with their teeth? We wouldn’t recommend it, but it shows just how much potential pressure resides in your jaw. Bruxism is the term for clenching your teeth by tightly holding them together or grinding your teeth back and forth over each other. Your Newnan dentist says that you may suffer from bruxism and not even know it.
What Causes Teeth Grinding
You may be clenching or grinding your teeth at any time during the day or night and not even be aware of it. If you grind your teeth at night, it can be much harder to detect and treat. Some people will never know that they grind or clench, but others may find out because the noise of grinding teeth wakes up your partner at night.
So what causes bruxism in some people? While no one is certain of the causes, it is likely that daily stress is a factor in most people who suffer from teeth grinding and clenching. Stress that plagues your daily thoughts doesn’t necessarily turn off when you go to sleep at night. If you find yourself running issues through your mind at night, you probably also experience bruxism on some level when you sleep.
If you are a victim of bruxism, you may experience headaches, soreness in the jaw or an earache. Some people will never have any symptoms at all.
Newnan Dentist Can Help
If you know that bruxism is a problem for you, your Newnan dentist can suggest several options that may bring you relief. Introduce relaxation into your daily routine. Make a conscious effort to relax your face and jaw during the day. Your goal is to turn this relaxation into a habit.
Bruxism can be potentially damaging to your teeth. Your jaw can exert around 20 to 40 pounds of pressure when clenching your teeth together. In extreme cases of bruxism, you can reach as much as 250 pounds of pressure on your teeth. With that kind of pressure, you can crack or damage your teeth. Your dentist in Newnan can help you with a mouth guard that can reduce the clenching and also protect your teeth from the pressure that comes with clenching and grinding.
There are several different types of splints or mouth guards. If the first one doesn’t work, your dentist will suggest another alternative. Reducing daytime clenching is usually more successful than treating nighttime bruxism; however, treating the daytime clenching often improves the issue at night.
If you know you have a problem, or if you are keeping your loved ones up at night with the sound of grinding teeth, call your Newnan dentist today for an appointment. Dr. McManus can help you prevent lasting damage to your teeth. Call us for your appointment: (770) 254-1134.