Teeth grinding, how can you fix it?

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In addition to cavities or gum problems, teeth grinding is a major issue for the teeth. Teeth grinding is also known as bruxism. It can have various causes such as stress or use of medication.

If you suffer from teeth grinding, remember that there are plenty of options to fix it. We will explain it further in this article.

What is teeth grinding?

Teeth grinding (Bruxism) is the sliding of the teeth against each other. This isn’t the same as clenching teeth. With teeth clamping, the teeth do not slide on each other, but only pressure is put on them.

Long-term teeth grinding can lead to tooth loosening or loss.

 

Causes

Some causes of teeth grinding are:

  • Sleep disorder;
  • Stress;
  • Alcohol or drug use;
  • Smoking;
  • Use of medicin.

 

Symptoms

Not sure if you grind your teeth? Here are some symptoms associated with teeth grinding:

  • Headache;
  • Earache;
  • Pain in jaw;
  • Disturbed sleep;
  • Worn teeth.

Teeth grinding solutions

Bite plate

A bite plate can offer a solution to prevent tooth wear. The dentist can provide a bite plate.

Botox

Depending on the complaints, botox can offer a solution for teeth grinding. The dentist injects botox into the jaw muscle.

This temporarily stops the transmission of nerves to the muscle. This relaxes the jaw muscle and reduces teeth grinding.

Do you suffer from teeth grinding? Then visit your dentist to see which solution is the best for you.

Publication date 30/11/2021
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