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Do you grind your teeth? If you're not sure, ask your family—sometimes the sound of teeth grinding against teeth might make enough noise to be keeping them up at night. You might also be waking with sore jaw muscles and joints.
If you suspect you have this habit of involuntarily grinding, gnashing or clenching your teeth, it's a good idea to get it checked. Here are 3 things you should know about this odd habit.
Teeth-grinding more prevalent among children. Children are more likely than adults to grind their teeth in their sleep, thought to be a consequence of their developing swallowing mechanism, but usually grow out of it without any long-term effects. Adults with the habit seem to grind their teeth for different reasons, one of the most significant being a response to high stress. Tobacco could be another factor: users are twice as likely as non-users to grind their teeth. Adult teeth-grinding may also be associated with high caffeine consumption, illicit drug use or Parkinson's Disease, which impairs brain nerve function.
Sleep apnea can be an underlying cause. There's one other major underlying cause to add to that list: obstructive sleep apnea. One international study of thousands of patients from different countries found both high anxiety or stress and sleep-related breathing disorders were two of the most significant risk factors for adult teeth-grinding. It's believed the physical stress generated by these temporary episodes of breathing obstruction occurring several times a night could trigger teeth-grinding.
Teeth-grinding can cause dental problems. While having a teeth-grinding habit doesn't automatically mean you'll have dental issues, your risk can increase dramatically. Due to its chronic nature, teeth-grinding can lead to excessive tooth wear, dental work damage or jaw joint dysfunction. In some extreme cases, it could cause tooth fracture.
If you grind your teeth, your dentist may be able to help by creating a custom-made occlusal guard that can reduce biting forces while you're wearing it. You might also minimize teeth-grinding by quitting tobacco and other lifestyle changes, or getting a better handle on stress management. And if you're also diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, getting treatment for that condition will not only improve your overall health, it could help put an end to your teeth-grinding habit.
If you would like more information on bruxism, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Grinding: Causes and Therapies for a Potentially Troubling Behavior.”
Invisalign Aurora, IL
Invisalign Offers Aurora Patients a Clear Alternative
One of the most common modern cosmetic dental services performed for patients is getting custom Invisalign braces made. Most people are turned off by the idea of having traditional metal braces, especially when they're older. They want a quicker, less troublesome fix for unruly teeth. Aurora Invisalign dentist Dr. Nasima Thobani, DDS understands this fully and gladly offers this modern service at her practice to patients in the area.
Dr. Thobani creates a custom set of plastic Invisalign trays made just for you. You simply wear them for about two weeks then move on to the next prescribed tray. Over time the various trays straighten and reposition the teeth. The great thing about this is that you can take them off at any time to eat, brush, floss or even just to have a quick conversation with someone without them on.
The results of wearing Invisalign braces commonly exceed a patient's expectations and sometimes the straightening process is completed in just a matter of months -- up to a year.
For quality Invisalign Aurora locals don't have to look any further than Dr. Thobani's office on Route 59. Simply visit www.advancedfamilydentalofnaperville.com to set up an initial appointment to talk about your dental needs.
Do you know anyone who has gotten Invisalign recently? How do they feel about their new smile, and are you eager to join them?
Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Aurora, IL area, we're excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatment, practical dental health advice and updates from Dr. Thobani and her staff.
We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health.
As always, feel free to contact us with any dental questions or concerns.