As a dentist, one of the more common questions you receive from clients is “why do I grind my teeth?”. Tooth grinding, or Bruxism, is an irritating issue that can take a toll on your dental health. However, it’s also one with several different possible causes, sometimes making it difficult to pin down.
The cause of why you grind your teeth can also be some combination of the above issues. Other possible reasons for grinding teeth include intense concentration and illicit drug use. Naturally, over an extended period of time, teeth grinding can cause more than just momentary discomfort.
The first line of treatment for bruxism is education. Awareness of the problem is the first step to overcoming it. This can also be assisted with rest and jaw exercises, soft diet, heat packs and standard pain relief medications. A night splint may also be indicated for moderate and severe grinders.
Call us to make an appointment for a comprehensive consultation at our Bentleigh East clinic and we will discuss your treatment options for you.