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Teeth Grinding

What is Teeth Grinding?

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) is the grinding or clenching of your teeth. Bruxism can occur in both adults and children. The causes of bruxism are not completely known to doctors, but factors such as alcohol, stress, anxiety, cigarette smoking, sleep apnea, snoring and fatigue may be linked to it. This can also occur during sleep (sleep bruxism).

How does Bruxism affect children?

In children teeth grinding is common amongst young children. This can be caused by allergies, misaligned teeth, enlarged tonsils and adenoids or mouth irritations. This generally goes away by the time they hit their teens.

Severe Bruxism

If a person has severe bruxism it could lead to tooth, jaw or crown damage, tension headaches, facial pain and TMJ type disorders that sound like clicking when you open or close your mouth.

Your dentist can make some suggestions based your situation. Some treatment options that they could come up with could be splints, mouth guards or dental correction. They may suggest you see your primary care physician or a sleep specialist if necessary.

Ways To Keep Your Teeth Healthy This Holiday Season

This holiday season be kind to your teeth and follow these tips to staying on track with your oral health care.

Avoid Eating Too Many Sweets 

Eating a lot of sugar can increase the risk of tooth decay and cavities to your teeth. When you consume food or drinks with sugars in them the bacteria in plaque produces acids in your mouth that will attack the enamel of your teeth.

Instead of opting for multiple sweets choose one or two to eat and then brush your teeth afterwards. This will decrease the likelihood of developing tooth decay and cavities.

Keep a Routine

Whether it be to brush your teeth first thing in the morning and last thing before you go to bed make a routine of your oral health care.

The ADA recommends you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes and make sure to floss! This will help you maintain optimal oral health.

Drink Water

Drinking water can help promote tooth density and health with the added fluoride found in toothpaste.

Protect Your Teeth

If you plan on playing games and sports protect your teeth with a mouth guard.

Dental Cleanings and Checkups

The holidays are the busiest time of year but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your oral health. Make sure to make your dental leaning and checkup appointment if it is due this month!

Make sure to make your appointment at Winston Smiles for your teeth cleaning and dental work today!



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