There are a few factors which could be the underlying reason that is causing this habit:
Stress & Anxiety – It is believed that this is the most common cause in the majority of bruxism cases. Emotional anxiety and stress can affect you subconsciously while you sleep.
Lifestyle – Your lifestyle can also be a cause for bruxism. For example, if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs, you are more likely to suffer from teeth grinding.
Medicines – Mood changing (Psychotropic e.g. anti-depressant) drugs are known to have bruxism as a side affect.
Abnormal Bite – For example, if your upper and lower teeth do not touch when your mouth is shut, this would be considered an abnormal bite (e.g. under/over bite). If your teeth are crooked or you are missing a couple, then you are also more likely to suffer from Bruxism.
Because the majority of the time teeth grinding occurs during the night, there are devices that the sufferer can wear while sleeping.
Mouth Splint – Splints are fitted over the upper/lower teeth. They are custom made out of a hard plastic to your exact measurements.
Mouth Guard – These guards cover your teeth and are made from a bendy rubber (similar to gum shields worn by rugby players).
If you have suffered from teeth grinding and require dental work, please do not hesitate to call us to arrange a consultation today.
At Hereford Dental & Implant Clinic, we can make your dreams of a white smile a reality. Teeth whitening is a simple treatment with immediate results, and can boost your self-confidence.
If your self-confidence is affected by the appearance of your teeth, you may be considering veneers. Your Hereford Dental & Implant Clinic dentist can help you achieve a beautiful smile without lengthy orthodontics.
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