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Clench the Causes of Bruxism

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When you constantly clench your teeth, it’s often a sign of bruxism. This disorder is seen in both kids and adults, and can lead to serious problems. If you’re facing the brunt of bruxism, discover how to deal with the grind.

The Basis of Bruxism

After many years as a medical mystery, doctors have finally found some reasons for teeth grinding. They range from the physical to the psychological, but the most common are:

  • Abnormal alignment of teeth
  • Response to earache or toothache pain
  • Emotional distress from anger, anxiety, stress, or tension
  • An aggressive personality type
  • Sleep problems
  • A mental coping strategy
  • An unconscious action related to intense concentration
  • Stomach acid reflux
  • Rare side effect of certain psychiatric medications
  • Complication from Huntington’s disease or Parkinson’s disease

The Trouble with Teeth Clenching

While bruxism is usually minor and the damage is rather mild, severe teeth grinding can lead to major problems. These include:

  • Extensive damage to the teeth, jaws, and dental work
  • Dental disorders like temporomandibular joints (TMJ)
  • Tension headaches
  • Partial or full facial pain

Top Treatments for Teeth Grinding

If you’re battling bruxism, you need to see your dentist to detect the root of the problem. Based on your case, you may need to see your primary doctor, a sleep specialist, or a psychologist for proper treatment. Yet, in most cases, treatment isn’t necessary because many children outgrow the disorder, and adults often only have minor symptoms. But if the teeth clenching is severe, then one of these treatments may help:

  • Dental correction to properly align teeth
  • Dental appliances, such as mouth guards and splints, to separate teeth
  • Behavior therapy to reverse damaging behaviors and learn to position your jaw properly
  • Stress management techniques to promote both physical and psychological relaxation
  • Medication, such as muscle relaxants and Botox injections, to calm the tension causing the teeth clenching

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Columbia, call Dental One Associates of Columbia today at (410) 346-2350 or make an appointment.

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