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Brux of the Matter

Blackfoot Family Dentist


Grinding one’s teeth at night is called “bruxism”. This produces a disconcerting noise for anyone within earshot, but it is also really bad for your teeth. Grinding one’s teeth wears down tooth enamel. On top of that, bruxism may lead to shifting of teeth and weakening of underlying bone to the point where it can contribute to periodontal (gum) disease. 

To prevent these adverse effects, the dentist can fabricate a custom-fitted mouth guard, which prevents teeth in the upper and lower jaws from contracting one another. As effective as mouth guards are in protecting teeth, patients who grind their teeth should also look into stress-reducing techniques (such as meditation) that reduce the anxiety that so often leads to teeth grinding. Relaxation is essential to breaking this potentially harmful habit.

Children grind their teeth in early ages but it can become a habit.  Adults also grind their teeth in sleep due to many physical, psychological and stressful conditions. Often adults and parents of children neglect bruxism and think that this is normal condition.

If bruxism occurs in day time, you can catch yourself or you can catch your child. But it usually occurs at night when you are not aware of teeth grinding.

In adults, bruxism mainly occurs due to stress. Adults face stress at home, at work place and outside. When you go to sleep, you don’t forget about the stressful situations which you faced in the day time. Adults also think about the next day problems in the night only. Try to be mindful of teeth grinding early to prevent more severe problems in the future. For more information you can call Dr. Hatch in Blackfoot.


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