Many of us may not even realise that we are frequent teeth grinders, a habit that slowly wears down our teeth. Teeth grinding, or bruxism as it is officially known, happens as a result of a range of reasons.
Whether it be due to concentration, stress, caffeine, alcohol, smoking or drugs – grinding your teeth is extremely detrimental to your oral health. Talk to us and arrange to see one of our dentists, we will be able to determine whether you are a grinder and advise on the best route to take in order to help you stop grinding and protect the future health of your teeth.
Occasionally a referral to your GP may be suggested, specifically for those suffering from stress or other similar conditions. Your GP will be able to best advise on how to tackle the core issue that is leading to the grinding. If it is a severe case, we may also suggest using a mouthguard or splint in order to stop you from grinding during sleep.
There are many reasons that lead to teeth grinding but it is important to remember, there are many ways to tackle it and prevent further damage.