Written by: on February 22, 2016 @ 4:12 pm

shutterstock_287338859Unfortunately, like other sleep disorders, teeth grinding (or bruxism) can be difficult to diagnose. For this reason, bruxism isn’t always caught. In some cases, the condition may dissipate – depending on the original cause (which will vary among individuals). However, in more severe cases, it could mean that you end up with a chipped or broken tooth before you realize you’re experiencing symptoms of bruxism. Contrary to popular belief, grinding your teeth can actually be a sign of a larger problem – sleep apnea, misaligned bite, or TMJ disorder. This isn’t the only misconception about bruxism, so we’re here to debunk those teeth grinding myths!

Bruxism Is A Habit You Outgrow

While many children do grind their teeth at one time or another and then end up growing out of the habit, it’s much different in adults. If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, dull morning headaches, or any other symptoms of sleep bruxism – it’s encouraged to see your dentist sooner rather than later.

Grinding Or Clenching Only Affects Your Teeth

Unfortunately, grinding your teeth doesn’t just damage your teeth themselves. In fact, the condition can affect your jaw function and your bite alignment. In extremely severe cases if teeth are lost, you could even have difficulty chewing or speaking. Don’t worry too much – grinding your teeth at this level of severity is rare, but it can happen and understanding the risks can help many people to take action before the condition worsens.

There Is No Specific Treatment For Teeth Grinding

Typically, grinding or clenching your teeth is a sign of an underlying issue such as; emotional stress, anger, frustration, abnormal bite alignment, sleep disorders, or even inflammation in  the muscles surrounding your jaw. In many cases, your dentist may recommend treating your bruxism to protect your teeth while they’re treating the underlying cause as well. Often, simple things like avoiding chewing gum, stress or anger relief therapies, or even a mouthguard can help to keep you from grinding your teeth.

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