Grinding Your Teeth?

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Grinding Your Teeth?

Do you grind your teeth? It may be more serious than you think. Experienced Commack dentist Dr. Bonnie Helfner has treated many patients who grind their teeth, also known as Bruxism. Some of the symptoms that are caused by grinding your teeth are:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Enlargement of facial muscles
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) discomfort
  • Stiffness of the shoulders and neck
  • Ear pain
  • Sleep disorders
  • Abnormal wear and mobility of teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Micro-cracks and broken fillings (leading to nerve damage)
  • Front teeth are flat and even in length

Most commonly, people grind their teeth when they are asleep, but stress, anxiety, heavy alcohol or caffeine consumption, and depression are other causes that can contribute to grinding your teeth. Grinding your teeth is very serious, especially in children. Take it from Commack dentist Dr. Bonnie Helfner: after years of grinding your teeth, it begins to take a toll on the enamel, causing lasting damage.

Most people are unaware that they are grinding their teeth because typically it isn’t a conscious decision, and often happens in a person’s sleep. Many people can grind their teeth regularly and can be completely unaware that they are doing this. People usually discover they are grinding their teeth by loved ones who hear it at night while the person is sleeping. Another way people discover they are grinding their teeth is a constant headache or jaw ache they experience when they wake up which is a sign of Bruxism.

If you’re grinding your teeth and need help, look no further than local Commack dentist Dr. Bonnie Helfner. There is no cure for Bruxism, but there are several treatment options. Appliances called mandibular advancement devices which are wearable during the day and night can be used to stop grinding your teeth. If you are grinding your teeth due to stress or anxiety, behavioral management has been shown to help. Simple tips such as avoiding caffeine, avoiding alcohol, and just relaxing the facial muscles are also ways to reduce grinding your teeth.

If you have any questions or concerns about grinding your teeth, contact Dr. Bonnie Helfner and her team today!

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