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What is bruxism?

Bruxism, is the medical term for teeth grinding or jaw clenching. The condition is often linked to stress and anxiety.

It is believed that 1 in 3 adults in the UK suffer with bruxism, although this figure could be much higher as a lot of people go undiagnosed. This is because most people that grind their teeth or clench their jaw aren’t aware they are doing it. It often happens during sleep, whilst concentrating or under stress.

What are the symptoms of bruxism?

  • Facial pain
  • Headaches
  • Earache
  • Pain and stiffness in the jaw joint
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Worn down teeth (increased sensitivity or even tooth loss)
  • Broken teeth and fillings

Can bruxism damage your teeth?

If you have been suffering from bruxism for an extended period of time, or if you are applying severe pressure to your teeth and jaw, damage can be done to your teeth.

Teeth sensitivity is very common for bruxism sufferers. This is because the enamel is getting damaged, and the enamel protects the nerve endings in the teeth. Bruxism can even result in fracturing, loosening and even loss of teeth.

To treat this damage, you may need bridges, crowns, root canals or even dental implants.

How can I stop grinding my teeth?

Grinding your teeth can be difficult to stop. Usually, once you become less stressed or anxious, your bruxism will naturally stop. If you notice yourself grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw during the day time, make a conscious effort to keep your jaw and teeth apart.

We can also recommend using a mouth guard whilst asleep. These are specially made to fit your jaw comfortably and reduces the sensation of clenching or grinding your teeth. It reduces pain and prevents any tooth wear. Other treatments include muscle relaxation exercises and sleep hygiene.

How can Stella Maris Dental help?

At Stella Maris Dental, we have a great team of highly experienced dentists who can help you with any dental problem. Our dentists are trained to spot the signs of bruxism, and can offer advice to help you stop the habit.

If you would like to book an appointment with one of our dentists at Stella Maris Dental, call us on 0121 588 4541 or click here.

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