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An Insight Into Teeth Grinding and Its Causes
May 01, 2018  |  Dental Care

An Insight Into Teeth Grinding and Its Causes

You generally grind your teeth while being asleep and wake up with a stiffness in your temples, or a headache. Your jaw can also start paining due to it and your teeth can wear off or get damaged if you continue with this habit, thus it is better to get bruxism treated on time.

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Bruxism Can Give Rise to TMD

Grinding your teeth can certainly lead to innumerable health problems and it can even have a severe effect on your temporomandibular joint. You put pressure on your jaw when you clench your teeth due to which it makes your muscles tight and cause damage to the joints which connect the lower jaw to the skull.

These could be the symptoms of TMD

  • When the area around your ears starts paining.

  • Facing difficulties while chewing food.

  • When both the temporomandibular joints pain.

  • A clicking sound in your ears.

  • Facial pain.

  • If the side of your face swells.

  • If you face problems while opening your mouth wide.

  • When your neck and shoulders pain.


Now let’s look into the causes of teeth grinding.     

Anxiety and Stress: These days almost everyone goes through a certain amount of stress which later gives rise to anxiety and this can be a major reason behind bruxism. Frustration and anger can also lead to teeth grinding.

Hereditary: Bruxism is correlated to hereditary. You might go through the disease if anyone in your family has the same.

If You Have Sleep Disorders: You might grind your teeth at night if you go through sleep disorders. Talking or mumbling in your sleep can also cause bruxism. A change in your lifestyle can cure sleep disorders.

Misalignment of Teeth: This is one of the most common causes of bruxism. Thus, get in touch with your dentist today if your teeth are not aligned. Crooked teeth can also lead to several other dental problems such as gum disease, bad breath and so on.

Don’t let bruxism make everything more difficult for you. Call us today at  +1 603-821-9046  to get it treated. Advanced Family Dentistry is located at 613 Amherst St, Nashua, NH 03063.