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What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is another name for Tooth grinding. Bruxism is very common. About 50% of adults experience bruxism. Most often, bruxism is unnoticed. It can occur during the day or night.

What causes Bruxism?

Bruxism has no specific cause. It is believed to be a combination of many factors. The most common factors are:

  • emotional stress
  • people with aggressive or controlling personalities.
  • teeth that are not aligned properly

What are the Signs of Bruxism?

There are many signs. Sometimes the signs take years to appear. When they do appear, some of the most common signs of bruxism are:

  • tooth wear
  • fractures of the teeth and fillings
  • breaking of teeth
  • loose teeth
  • grinding noise noticed by a sleeping partner
  • facial muscle pain and fatigue
  • locking, cracking, and clicking of the jaws
  • headaches
  • extra tooth bone (to support the teeth)
  • tooth mobility
  • sensitive teeth
  • cheek irritation
  • TMJ

Can Bruxism be Treated?

Yes. Talk to your dentist or our oral health professional about treatments that best suit you.


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