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Bruxism is a dental condition that many people don’t realize they have until this habit of tooth grinding causes significant damage. Because bruxism typically occurs during sleep, a spouse or partner may notice it first, unless you notice your teeth becoming worn down. We review some causes of tooth grinding that can develop from other existing health conditions.

Patients who are under a lot of stress naturally clench and grind their teeth, and this can increase their risk of developing bruxism. Another risk factor is sleep apnea, which needs to be diagnosed by a primary physician to determine if it plays a role. Allergies in children may result in mouth irritation and misaligned teeth that can encourage a habit of tooth grinding.

Over time, if tooth grinding isn’t treated, you may start to experience daily headaches, jaw pain and teeth that are broken and loose. Early treatment for tooth grinding can prevent these issues and other tooth damage. Depending on your condition, Dr. Jacqueline S. Reid may recommend that you take medication, practice relaxation techniques, wear an oral night guard to bed, talk to your doctor about sleep disorder or make some other lifestyle changes.

Contact Jacqueline S. Reid DDS at 973.635.9456 today if you have further questions about treating bruxism in Chatham, New Jersey, and would like to speak with our DDS about your options.