Teeth grinding occurs in 5% to 20% of adults, and affects approximately 30% of children.
More than half of children afflicted with teeth grinding (bruxism) will cease to grind their teeth on their own by the age of 13. Nocturnal bruxism is tooth grinding that occurs during sleep, and sufferers are typically unaware that they are suffering tooth damage as they slumber.
Nocturnal bruxism often occurs in sufferers an average of 25 times per night, in episodes that last four to five seconds. This means that the teeth of people with bruxism can be exposed to more than two minutes of grinding every night, causing extensive damage to their oral health and presenting a variety of uncomfortable symptoms including:
- Jaw pain
- Facial and neck pain
- Disturbed sleep
- Sensitivity to hot and cold drinks
An imperfect bite is usually the cause behind tooth grinding.
Factors such as stress, anxiety, oral trauma, diet, some medications and health issues can all contribute to teeth grinding. Naturally, if your grinding is a result from stress then you should learn relaxation techniques and stress management.
At Jansz Dental, we use oral custom designed mouth guards to reduce tooth grinding.
This helps reduce the pressure of tooth grinding and helps prevent further damage to your teeth. At our dental practice we may also be able make adjustments to your teeth in order to achieve a better bite and reduce the subconscious effort you are making.