4 Causes of Teeth Grinding
There are a lot of issues that you can have with your teeth that you might not even really notice. One of these problems is teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, which can be a serious issue if left ignored. Because it happens mostly during sleep, most Redondo Beach residents don’t even really acknowledge the issue and the impacts teeth grinding can have on their oral health. Although it is not yet proven, teeth grinding has been speculated by many to be the cause of a more serious dental issue such as temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ). It’s important to know the causes of teeth grinding so that you can address the issue, and hopefully find solutions that work for you. At Redondo Beach Dental Group, we have identified four major causes of teeth grinding:
What you decide to do in your everyday life actually has a significant impact on your chance of teeth grinding. If you drink alcohol frequently or use drugs excessively, you could develop bruxism easier than someone who doesn’t. Also, Redondo Beach patients who smoke or drink a lot of caffeine increase their chances of teeth grinding, which eventually could lead to TMJ.
Taking certain medications can also affect your jaw movements while you sleep. Taking antidepressants, which are used to treat depression, can sometimes be a reason that teeth grinding occurs. It may not be the sole cause, but it raises the chance for Redondo Beach patients to develop bruxism. Ultimately, these medications can lead to teeth grinding or TMJ over time.
Most Redondo Beach residents don’t realize how much of a factor stress can be in their everyday life. Aside from the typical stressors of life, it can have an effect on your teeth while you sleep. Stress and anxiety have been proven by studies to play a role in teeth grinding. If you have a high-stress job, it could be causing yourself to grind your teeth subconsciously in your sleep. Also, it’s natural for most people to clench their jaw when stressed or anxious. These could be other reasons that you are grinding your teeth.
Abnormal Sleeping Pattern
If you have a sleep disorder, this could be another factor in why you are grinding your teeth. If you suffer from sleep paralysis or obstructive sleep apnea, studies have shown that you are more likely to suffer from bruxism. Also, people who snore have higher chances of teeth grinding as well.
If any of these four causes seem to apply to your life, you may want to visit a dentist to see if you have been teeth grinding in your sleep. The problem with bruxism is that it may be unnoticeable (especially when you are awake), but gradually it can cause serious oral health issues for you. Even though TMJ and teeth grinding have not always been directly linked, sometimes the pain from TMJ can also cause teeth grinding. Either way, the pain and issues that are associated with these problems should be treated immediately. For more information on what you can do to help reduce teeth grinding, contact us at our Redondo Beach office at (310) 660-7726.