Teeth grinding, also known as Bruxism, is a common condition affecting both adults and children. While studies vary, it’s believed to affect ⅓ of adults, many of whom may grind their teeth without realising, as they do so in their sleep. This condition is often related to stress and anxiety, given that it occurs more prominently during periods of high stress.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE GRIND OUR TEETH?
Teeth grinding occurs when our jaw is tightened, meaning that our teeth are clenched or rubbed together. This tension can lead to various complications. For example, many people dealing with bruxism develop pain in their jaw and neck. It also causes your teeth to break down, which could leave you more vulnerable to decay, tooth loss and sensitivity.
WHAT TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR TEETH GRINDING?
There are many treatment opportunities for those who may grind their teeth. For example, various studies have found that finding ways to relax and keep stress levels to a minimum reduces the chances of grinding your teeth (both when you’re sleeping and during the day). Regular dental check-ups are also advised, as this will help you to better monitor the condition.
However, traditionally aesthetic treatments can also be used to combat teeth grinding. For example, Botulinum toxin injections can be used to relax the muscle in your jaw (masseter muscle). This will stop you from clenching the jaw or grinding your teeth, while also helping to deal with other aesthetic issues such as wrinkles, lines and sagging skin in the region.
If this is something that you suffer from, we are confident that a consultation with one of our doctors here at Tempus Belgravia will be beneficial to you.