If you grind your teeth, you aren't alone. Research has shown that tooth grinding is a problem for about 8% of all American adults, with the condition being more prevalent in women and children. In fact, another study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that over 1/3rd of parents report tooth grinding in their children, impacting their ability to sleep comfortably and enjoy healthy, pain-free teeth. Unfortunately, tooth damage isn't the only problem that nighttime grinding can cause. Excessive clenching or grinding can also cause a wide range of physical side effects.
One of the most frustrating things about bruxism is that many people don't realize they are grinding their teeth until they experience one of many side effects. Here are some of the most common symptoms of bruxism.
Although research is ongoing regarding the definitive cause of bruxism, the condition has been tied to other health problems, including stress, mental health issues, sleep problems, and Parkinson's disease. People who have hyperactive or anxious personality types are more likely to grind their teeth, and people who have sleep problems such as sleep apnea are also at a higher risk for developing the condition. Bruxism has also been tied to abnormal alignment of the teeth, some psychiatric medications, and Huntington's disease.
Fortunately, there are several ways to treat bruxism. If you suspect that you grind your teeth, a good place to start is by visiting with your doctor and your Broomall dentist. Bruxism can be diagnosed through a careful oral examination, and Dr. White will help you to determine what course of treatment to take. Some possibilities of treatment are:
Contact us today to schedule your appointment or consultation with Dr. White, your partner in the quest for a beautiful, healthy smile. Our Broomall office delivers exemplary service and distinctive dental care to residents of Broomall, Philadelphia, Delaware County, and surrounding areas. We look forward to helping you with your dentistry goals.