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Get to the Root of Teeth Grinding

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If you’re grinding your teeth on a regular basis, you may be at risk for problems and pain. This is a common condition called bruxism. It’s rather easy to treat once you know its cause and the ways to correct it.

People who frequently grind or clench their teeth have a condition called bruxism. It can happen when you’re upset or stressed, and even while you’re sleeping. If the teeth grinding is severe, it can lead to many health problems like dental damage, jaw disorders, headaches, and more. That’s why it’s vital to know the symptoms and treatment to get the grinding under control.

The Basis of Bruxism

Over the years, doctors have determined many possible reasons behind the condition of 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
  • A mental coping strategy
  • An unconscious action related to intense concentration
  • Sleep problems
  • Stomach acid reflux
  • Rare side effect of certain psychiatric medications
  • Complication from Huntington’s disease or Parkinson’s disease

The Trouble with Teeth Clenching

For most children and adults, bruxism does little damage. But sometimes, a case of severe grinding can lead to serious problems, such as:

  • 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. Then, you may be referred to your doctor, a psychologist, or a sleep specialist, depending on your case. Yet, in most cases, treatment isn’t necessary because many children outgrow the disorder, and adults generally 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 Baltimore, call Dental One Associates of Cross Keys today at (443) 863-6394 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Baltimore. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Cross Keys, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Cross Keys.

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