Teeth grinding is a common behavior in people of all ages, and it can cause real damage to teeth, the molars in particular. At Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL, we watch for signs of teeth grinding in our patients.
Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding is when a person involuntarily clenches their jaw or rubs their teeth together. It is usually an unconscious behavior and can happen during the day or at night. Some people grind their teeth in stressful situations. For others, it is a habit.
The Dangers of Teeth Grinding
- It can lead to loose teeth
- It can cause physical pain in the teeth or face
- It can crack teeth
- It can wear down enamel
- It can cause issues with the alignment of the bite
Tips/Ways to Help Stop Grinding Your Teeth
- Wear a mouthguard to bed
- Botox (injections of Botox into the jaw muscles can prevent the muscles from contracting in some patients)
- Physical therapy
- Stress relief exercises
- Avoid caffeine
- Avoid alcohol
A mouthguard or “splint” is an effective solution. Worn like an athlete’s mouthguard, it protects the teeth against unconscious grinding.
At Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL, we offer comprehensive general dentistry services. People from North Athens, East Mooresville, and South Cullman also come to our practice for restorative dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today!