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Tooth grinding is the habit of unintentionally or unknowingly clenching or grinding your teeth. It is most commonly done while you are sleeping, and while you may not be aware of it, your partner may be able to point out the clicking of your teeth when you are asleep. This is called as bruxism. 
What is tooth grinding? 
You may grind your teeth if your teeth are improperly aligned, you are easily stressed out or have been stressed out for a while, or if you do not maintain proper body posture, especially if you have to work long hours on a computer or laptop. Your teeth may be improperly aligned from childhood or they may have become so because of extensive dental procedures. Any such dental malalignments, mental or emotional stress and improper work posture creates an imbalance between the various muscles of the jawbones and the teeth, causing you to grind teeth at a subconscious level. 
Why do I grind my teeth? 
The cause of teeth grinding must be identified and corrected. Any discrepancies in the alignment of your teeth needs to be corrected so that when you close your mouth, your muscles are in the most relaxed position. Dental devices, called as splints, can also be made to help achieve this.  Stress and postural habits need to be attended to through lifestyle modofication and physical exercise. 
What is the solution? 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

  1. How do I know if I grind my teeth? - The effects of tooth grinding or bruxism extend to teeth, muscles and jaw bones. You find your teeth wearing away and becoming excessively short over time. There may be frequent chipping of teeth or recurrent fracturing of fillings. You may find clicking in your jaw bones when you open your mouth excessively, as during yawning. When the muscles are not relaxed, chronic fatigue leads to soreness of the jaw muscles in front of your ear. You want to press on the muscles over the cheek to comfort them. The imbalance of the muscles can even present as constant headache or backache. 
  2. How can I prevent the damage to my muscles from tooth grinding? - Dental devices, called occlusal splints help in preventing the damages from excessive tooth grinding. If you suffer from bruxism, you can wear specially designed nightguards that you can wear over your teeth when you sleep at night. 
  3. Who should I see for this problem? - Managing tooth grinding is a complex problem, that often requires the expertise and intervention of many specialists, such as prosthodontist, full mouth rehabilitation specialist, orthodontist, neurologist and sleep medicine specialist. But the first specialist you should see to diagnose the dental condition is a prosthodontist  
 
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