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Pain from Teeth Grinding? Dr. Anderson Can Help!

Teeth grinding is a common condition that many people don’t even know they experience. Also known as bruxism, this typically occurs at night, and many people who grind or clench their teeth may not even be aware of it. This means that they may not be getting the treatment they need to protect their teeth and prevent jaw pain.

Teeth grinding can be extremely damaging when it isn’t properly treated. Let’s take a deeper look into what bruxism is, why it’s important to treat it, and how Dr. Anderson and his team can help you take care of it.

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is the technical term for teeth grinding or teeth clenching. While bruxism most commonly occurs at night, it can also happen during the day.  For those who experience bruxism, it is usually amplified by stress and anxiety. However, it can also be a sign of sleep apnea or other conditions.

Why is Teeth Grinding Bad?

When you constantly grind your teeth, you’re actually wearing the tooth down. This can make it more at risk for developing cracks or breaking. It can also thin the enamel, making your teeth more sensitive and discolored. If you grind your teeth extensively, it can also completely change the shape of your tooth and smile.

How to Treat Bruxism

If you’re someone that grinds or clenches your teeth, the most common treatment solution is typically a mouthguard. These guards can be worn at night to prevent the teeth from grinding against each other. While there are mouthguards that you can purchase at the store to reduce the effects of grinding your teeth, they are often uncomfortable or ill-fitting. Having a mouthguard custom-made from your dentist can allow you to sleep soundly while treating your bruxism.

Those who experience bruxism should also try to reduce their stress or anxiety level. Reducing stress can help you reduce the amount you grind your teeth.

If you experience bruxism, contact Dr. Anderson’s office to begin the process of getting fitted for a custom mouthguard. Our Kansas City, MO office offers cosmetic dentistry solutions to all members of your family. You can make an appointment by calling 816.454.3336.

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