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Tooth grinding is more common than many patients realize because it typically occurs during sleep. In fact, you may only notice a tooth grinding habit if a spouse or partner mentions it or you see your teeth becoming worn down. By understanding the common causes of teeth grinding, also called bruxism, you can better understand when to seek treatment if needed.

You may be at a heightened risk of bruxism if you struggle with ongoing stress, as the teeth are more prone to clench and grind as a result of tension. Patients who grind their teeth may also have an accompanying case of sleep apnea that needs to be diagnosed by their primary physician in order to address the condition. Children who have allergies can develop mouth irritation and even tooth misalignment that causes them to start grinding their teeth.

It’s important to address tooth grinding as soon as possible to prevent extensive tooth damage that could significantly affect your smile. Over time, the pressure and grinding can cause broken and loose teeth, as well as daily jaw pain and headaches.

We encourage you to come see Dr. Sylvia Ramirez Flores to discuss your options for bruxism treatment, such as using a night guard when you sleep to protect your smile, using relaxation techniques and medicine, adjusting your lifestyle and diagnosing a related sleep disorder.

You are welcome to contact Flores Dental Care at 956-583-0055 today if you would like to arrange a consultation with our dentist and learn more about bruxism in Mission, Texas!