Why Do People Grind Their Teeth?

According to health experts, teeth grinding, the condition also known as Bruxism can have many differed causes.  While there seems to be a mix of possible factors, none of them has been agreed on. Why do people grind their teeth? Bruxism has been highly noted in individuals who are continuously under tension and stress. Treatment of tension related bruxism can be achieved through stress management and by adoption of relaxation techniques. Preferably, an individual should enroll in a tension and stress management program, as this may easily eradicate the cause of the condition. Another possible cause of teeth grinding and clenching is a person’s sleeping habit or posture. This can be severe when an individual assumes an uncomfortable sleeping position, especially where the jaw is put under pressure. This case of bruxism can be corrected by simply changing to a comfortable position; otherwise, it can cause serious dental problems if not treated. Recent studies have also associated bruxism with the diet of an individual.  According to dentists, what is consumed may cause teeth grinding or clenching.  Here, the severity of the condition will depend on the food eaten.  Mostly sugary foods and alcoholic drinks have been cited as culprits. Misalignment of teeth is also a major contributor in this condition. While this can be corrected by advanced dental surgeries, its primary effects are grinding and clenching, which can cause a lot of pain. What are the symptoms of teeth grinding? The symptoms of the bruxism condition could be anything from grinding of the teeth, severe headaches, experiencing pain in the jaw, stress and even earaches. Other symptoms could be eating disorders, depression and insomnia in advanced cases. Is treatment of bruxism possible? The treatment of this condition is dedicated to reduce the pain and prevent damage to the teeth. To eradicate the condition, an individual needs to learn methods of eliminating the causative behaviors. According to Dr. Peter Hazim, learning how to relax the jaw and facial muscles can be very useful during treatment. Dr. Peter Hazim has treated many such conditions, and will gladly answer any questions you may have. Please call us at (972) 727-5599. We are conveniently located at 105 N. Alma Drive, Suite 100 in Allen, Texas.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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