Bruxism is the clinical name for grinding your teeth. This may sound like a simple grating habit. However, there is much more to be concerned about than annoying those around you. Bruxism can lead to damage to your teeth, discomfort, and even pain. Pella, IA family dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Allen wants to see how you do on a quiz about the causes and issues surrounding teeth grinding.
Q1. True or false – Teeth grinding most often happens while you’re awake. When you are in the relaxed state of sleep, bruxism rarely occurs.
Q2. True or false – Stress can contribute to bruxism.
Q3. True or false – Certain diseases have teeth grinding as a side effect.
Q4. True or false – Bruxism can cause damage to fillings and crowns.
A1. FALSE – Quite the opposite is actually true. Teeth grinding most often occurs during your sleeping hours.
A2. TRUE – Many people attribute their teeth grinding issues to feeling stressed or anxious. If you live a high-stress life, you may clench your jaw or press your teeth together throughout the day. This tension can continue while you sleep, and the sawing motion of grinding can be a way to try and relieve some of that stress. Unfortunately, the wear on your teeth can be downright damaging.
A3. TRUE – Research has offered some compelling insights into the idea that teeth grinding can result from such disorders as Huntington’s or Parkinson’s disease, hyperactivity, and ADHD. Bruxism is also a known side effect of certain antidepressant medications.
A4. TRUE – Not only can chronic grinding damage your teeth over time, but it can also damage any restorative dental work you have had done.
Help for Teeth Grinders from your Pella, IA Family Dentist
Bruxism can be an issue for anyone. Even young children can sometimes have issues with teeth grinding. The cause is not always clear, but the damage to your teeth and jaw will be if you aren’t proactive. Your Pella, IA family dentist provides comfortable dental care to patients of all ages. Contact our 50219 dentist office to schedule a checkup and cleaning, restoration consultation, or second-opinion visit. We are located on the west side of the historic town square in Pella, IA. Please see the map for directions.