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What is Bruxism? Tooth Grinding of Course!

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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If you are like most people, you probably have no idea what Bruxism is, right? Well, what about tooth grinding? Now that sounds familiar. Well, guess what? Bruxism is tooth grinding! And it affects 30 million to 40 million children and adults throughout the United States.

Bruxism Overview

Do you grind your teeth? No? Well, you may suffer from bruxism and not even know it. Whoa! So be on the lookout for the following symptoms and warning signs:

  1. Your husband, wife, roommate, or parents may hear a grinding sound at night. That could be you grinding your teeth.
  2. Do you suffer from dull morning headaches? Another symptom!
  3. Maybe you notice that your jaw muscles feel tight and painful after you wake up. That could be from grinding your teeth.
  4. What about long-lasting pain in your face? Yup! Another symptom.
  5. Your dentist may notice damaged or broken teeth and dental fillings. Of course, this is only if you visit your dentist regularly. Hint, hint!

Bruxism Treatment

If you notice any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. He or she will try to get to the root of the issue. They will examine your teeth and gums and ask you about your dental health, any increases in stress, and any medicines you may be taking. All could be possible triggers for bruxism. A more detailed exam may follow if your dentist suspects that your bruxism is related to dental problems.

If not treated properly, bruxism can break dental fillings, damage teeth and tooth enamel, and lead to sensitivity. Fortunately, bruxism is fairly easily treatable. Treatment of bruxism varies depending on its cause:

  1. If your bruxism is stress-related, professional counseling may help. Or you could try stress relieving exercises and techniques.
  2. If your bruxism is the side effect of medicine, your doctor may switch your prescription.
  3. If your bruxism is the result of a dental issue, your dentist will correct tooth alignment.

If you have any questions about bruxism, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

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Treatment For People Who Grind Their Teeth

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Bruxism, more commonly referred to as teeth grinding, is not harmful when it occurs occasionally. However, grinding your teeth on a regular basis can damage your teeth and lead to other oral health problems. But because most people grind their teeth at night, many are completely unaware they of they do it.99712085

Signs and Symptoms of Teeth Grinding

  • Headache
  • Sore jaw
  • Grinding noise heard by others

If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, schedule an appointment with your dentist at your earliest convenience.

Common Causes of Teeth Grinding

  • Stress
  • Problems Sleeping
  • Abnormal Bite
  • Crooked or Missing Teeth

Complication of Teeth Grinding

Chronic teeth grinding can result in several health problems, including:

  • Wearing down of teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Loss of teeth
  • Jaw problems
  • Hearing loss
  • Temporomandibular disorders (TMD)

Treatment for Teeth Grinding: Custom Night Guards

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offers custom-fitted night guards, the most widely used treatment for bruxism. This device slips over the teeth, preventing contact with the opposing teeth, relieving the pressures of grinding and clenching.

If you have any questions about Teeth Grinding, Bruxism, or Night Guards, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

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Dental Health and Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)