Are you stressed? What does tooth grinding do to my teeth?

Stress has been linked to tooth grinding, and this can result in wear of the teeth.  If this is severe it can lead to headaches and jaw joint pain, it is often worse in the mornings or after eating.

If the teeth become worn this can also expose the dentine underneath the enamel. This can lead to sensitive teeth and the need for treatment. Occasionally teeth can become cracked resulting in a sharp pain on biting.

What can I do to treat it?

If you are getting muscle pain or headaches then using a warm wet compress can help to alleviate the pain, along with painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen.

The headaches may also be alleviated with the use of a soft mouthguard which you can wear at night. This separates the contact points of the teeth, which in turn disengages the muscles of the jaws and reduces pressure on the joint. It also helps to protect the teeth from wear or fractures.

If there is a lot of wear of the teeth the dentist may recommend some fillings to cover over exposed dentine and reduce the risk of sensitivity and toothache.





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