Bruxism or teeth grinding is something that many people struggle with. Although it may seem harmless, it has the potential to wear down your teeth and even damage them completely. Sadly, it is a bit difficult to find out what is actually making you grind your teeth, as anything from crooked teeth to sleeping disorders are probable causes.
Teeth grinding usually occurs when you sleep, so the only way to find out if you are actually doing it is if you experience numbness in your mouth or a slight headache when you wake up. Most people assume that stress and anxiety play a role in bruxism, and although this is partly true, the most probable cause is the crookedness of your teeth.
Due to the misalignment in your teeth, your body instinctively tries to correct it when you are sleeping. This may actually further exacerbate the problem with your crooked teeth, as the constant grinding pushes and pulls your teeth in place, further ruining their alignment.
Have your teeth checked if you believe that misalignment is what is causing you to grind them while you are asleep.
Another thing that may cause you to grind your teeth when you sleep are sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and insomnia. The latter is something that many of us experience, and we may actually be unconsciously grinding our teeth when we experience sleeplessness.
This is where stress and anxiety come in, as the two are the likely reasons you are actually experiencing sleep disorders. If you are suffering from insomnia, consider turning off your gadgets before you sleep. The temptation to browse and surf the Internet is strong, and it is likely what is causing you to experience sleepless nights coupled with painful teeth grinding.
We take bruxism very seriously at Blue Sky Dentistry, and we know that there are many factors that cause this condition. Contact us today for more information on our bruxism treatments and general dentistry.