Bruxism, more commonly known as teeth grinding, is something that many, many people do. You might be doing it, but you may not realize it because you are only doing it when you are asleep. When you grind your teeth, you move them back and forth over one another all the time and that causes the enamel in your teeth to slowly wear down. Often when you grind your teeth it makes a grinding or clicking noise. Many people are not aware that they have a problem with bruxism until someone tells them.
Bruxism is still a little bit mysterious to experts, but they all agree that causes of it could include:
- inability to relax before bed
- a misaligned jaw or teeth
- Your diet
Teeth grinding is not just inconvenient for the person that is sleeping next to you since it is often loud and may mean that they are unable to sleep. It is very detrimental to your health and not just your teeth. Bruxism can cause you to have sensitive teeth, headaches and earaches, not to mention a sore jaw once you have woken up. Long term effects can include teeth that are more sensitive and a need to be very conscious about which type of food you eat lest it cause you some discomfort. Jaw pain is also a common result of extended bruxism and can make it difficult for you to do something as natural as open and close your mouth.
Bruxism is a serious condition that needs to be addressed before it can interfere with your life. A dentist can help you pinpoint the causes and can provide treatment to cure the condition. This is not something that can wait since the effects of long-term bruxism can be dangerous to your health.