While the exact cause behind
teeth grinding is difficult to pinpoint, experts in the dental profession have reason
to believe that teeth grinding, often referred to as bruxism, is often
related to a greater cause or sleep disorder. Common symptoms of teeth
grinding can include headaches, tooth fractures, jaw soreness, and painful
or loose teeth. In this blog, our
Ventura dentist explains some of the causes of teeth grinding.
Research has shown that teeth grinding is rarely an isolated occurrence.
Those who grind their teeth throughout the night usually have an existing
sleep disorder, whether it be snoring, obstructive sleep apnea or sleep
talking. When individuals treat their existing sleep disorder, oftentimes
they find that accompanied symptoms, such as teeth grinding, go away as well.
There a number of lifestyle factors that can be associated with teeth grinding,
including young age, smoking, caffeine intake, and alcohol consumption.
High levels of teeth grinding is often found in individuals who take substances
that are considered psychoactive, such as medications for sleep, depression,
Anxiety, stress, and other adverse psychosocial factors can contribute
to the volume of teeth grinding an individual experiences. Perhaps the
most obvious cause of stress is employment. Job-related stress can take
a toll on one’s sleep cycle – high stress and a lack of sleep
can cause a spike in teeth grinding.
If you are grinding your teeth, you should not hesitate to make an appoint
to visit our top-rated dentist in Ventura County, Dr. Mark Weitzman. We
can have you fitted for a customized mouth guard to ensure that your teeth
are properly protected while you sleep at night.
Your smile is important to us. Contact Mark Weitzman, D.D.S. at (805) 295-8896 today to
schedule your free consultation today!