Compulsive grinding of the teeth (while awake or at night)

Most people grind and clench their teeth from time to time. Habitual teeth grinding is as called bruxism.

It does not usually cause harm, but when it occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged and other oral health complications can arise.

Teeth grinding can be caused and aggravated by stress and anxiety.

It often occurs during sleep and is more likely caused by an abnormal bite, missing or crooked teeth.

It can also be caused by a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea.

As grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. However, a dull, constant headache or sore jaw when you wake up is a tell tale symptom of bruxism.

If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, talk to your dentist. He or she can examine your mouth and jaw for signs of bruxism, such as jaw tenderness and excessive wear on your teeth.

Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding during sleep.

Other tips to help you stop teeth grinding include:

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Avoid alcohol. Grinding tends to intensify after alcohol consumption.

Do not chew on pencils or pens or anything that is not food.

Avoid chewing gum as it allows your jawmuscles to get more used to clenching and makes you more likely to grind your teeth.

Train yourself not to clench or grind your teeth. If you notice that you clench or grind during the day, position the tip of your tongue between your teeth. This practice trains your jaw muscles to relax.

Relax your jaw muscles at night by holding a warm washcloth against your cheek in front of your earlobe.

Treatment :​

A bite guard is given that can be worn during the night or day depending on the severity and the wear of the guard is assessed over a period of time.

The guard acts like a splint to separate the upper and lower teeth and will ease our muscle pain. If any.

Follow up visits are planned, to see the severity of teeth grinding and monitor any TMJ issues.​