One in three people suffer from bruxism, which can easily be treated by your dentist.
Bruxism is the technical term for grinding and clenching that causes facial pain. People unintentionally bite down too hard at inappropriate times, such as in their sleep. In addition these people may also bite their fingernails, pencils, and chew the inside of their cheek. People usually aren't diagnosed with bruxism until it's too late because so many don't realize they have the habit. Bruxism is triggered by people with certain types of personalities. They may have a nervous tension, or be under stress. Anger, pain, and frustration can cause people to start showing the beginning signs of bruxism with out them even knowing it. People who are aggressive, competitive, and hurried also may be at a greater risk for bruxism. Does your jaw feel stiff or do you have difficulty opening your mouth wide? Are your teeth sensitive to cold drinks? Do your jaw muscles feel tired in the morning? You may be grinding your teeth at night, or clenching. People with nightime grinding habits may wear away tooth enamel ten times faster than those that don't. Eventually your teeth may be worn or destroyed. At each checkup, Dr, Schwartz will check for physical signs of bruxism. While simply becoming aware of the problem and changing behavior may be enough for some people, others will be recommended a plastic mouth appliance, such as a night guard that's worn to absorb the force of biting. This appliance can prevent future damage to the teeth and helps change the patient's destructive behavior.
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