Why Am I Grinding My Teeth?

Most people grind their teeth at some point, but these are short lived episodes. However, bruxism occurs when people chronically grind their teeth and clench their jaw, which eventually damages teeth. Fortunately, we can identify why our patients in Keller, TX, grind their teeth and offer treatment options.

Try Our Quiz on Teeth Grinding

  1. True or False: Stress may lead to bruxism.
  2. True or False: Toothaches could be a warning sign.
  3. True or False: Changes to your daily habits may help.
  4. True or False: We may stop teeth grinding with an oral appliance.

Answer Key

  1. True. Stress is a common factor behind the disorder, along with chewing on hard objects, caffeine consumption, tooth loss, misalignment, or injury to the face or jaw. Issues with the growth and development of your oral tissues and jaw could also lead to bruxism.
  2. True. If you don’t have a significant other inform you about your teeth grinding episodes (which typically occur at night as you sleep) then you will need to watch for the common daytime symptoms. Patients may report tooth sensitivity and toothaches, pain in their jaw, headaches, and facial discomfort. If one or more of these possible symptoms applies to your experience, then contact our team today.
  3. True. Cutting back on caffeine, reducing the stress in your day-to-day life, and avoiding chewing on hard objects, such as pens or ice, could help reduce the severity of your issue.
  4. True. To treat the issue, we may suggest an oral appliance. The custom-made device will reposition the jaw and place a barrier between the upper and lower sets of teeth. The device prevents further damage from teeth grinding episodes while also easing the stress and strain on the jaw joints. If you have any questions about treating bruxism, or if you think you need to schedule a visit, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Bruxism?

If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw, we’re ready to help. For more information, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling the office of Dr. Jeff Jenkins in Keller, TX, today at (682) 593-0993.