Teeth grinding is a dangerous and harmful habit that can destroy your smile if you let it. It is a habit that is generally active overnight while you sleep.
The main cause behind teeth grinding in adults is stress. If you are stressed or worried, you naturally take it out on your teeth, whether you clench or grind. Sleep disorders can also cause teeth-grinding habits and it needs to be treated right away. Children who have teeth-grinding habits generally have an irritation in the mouth, allergies, or misaligned teeth.
If you do not treat this dangerous habit, your teeth could be severely damaged. You will also suffer from dull headaches, jaw soreness, loose teeth, and fractured chompers.
There are many treatments available for teeth-grinding habits. The main treatment is generally the use of a night guard. If you wear a night guard while you sleep, your teeth will be protected. Another treatment is relaxation medication. This medication helps you relax so you no longer clench and grind your teeth. If a sleep disorder is causing the habit, there are also treatments available for that specific issue.
For more information about teeth grinding and the many treatments available, call our office now at 509.933.4800 and talk to a member of our caring [Creekside Dental Ellensburg team. We care about you and your oral health and we are happy to help you save your smile from the awful teeth-grinding habits that can destroy it.