Teeth Grinding In Richmond – A Problem You Might Not Even Know You Have!
Did you know that over 8% of the Australian population regularly grind excessively on their teeth? Yet unfortunately, many people don’t even know that they do it until it’s too late
Teeth grinding in Richmond (otherwise known as Bruxism) often occurs at night and is what is known as a para-functional behaviour. Para-functional behaviours are, in fact, bodily movements that occur without us knowing (typically during sleep) such as leg twitching or cheek/lip biting.
Unfortunately, teeth grinding isn’t only a problem for your sleep partner who has to listen to the loud continual sound of clenching teeth. It’s also a serious oral health issue for you.
The Effects of Teeth Grinding
Ongoing grinding of the teeth can lead to:
- Fractured and loose teeth
- Excessively worn-down teeth and shortened facial height
- A sore, clicking or dislocated jaw
- Jaw Joint : Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD)
- Frequent head and neck aches.
Most ‘bruxers’ go through periods of teeth grinding and don’t do it all the time. This can make the problem particularly difficult to spot. It’s often down to an experienced dentist to notice the issue during a routine dental check-up. Usually, signs of cracked, excessively worn, or overly sensitive teeth can be a giveaway. Moreover, teeth grinding is the leading contributor to TMJ disorder and tooth loss for Richmond patients.
So Why Me? Why Has it Affected My Oral Health?
This is a question our TLC dentists are asked a lot. Anecdotally, factors like stress, medication, dietary changes, and oral health problems like a misaligned bite, or lifestyle choices like smoking, heavy caffeine use, or even recreational drug use can result in teeth grinding.
That said, all is not lost…
If you suspect you have teeth grinding issues then contact the team at TLC Dentists for teeth grinding treatment in Richmond. We can recommend one or a combination of treatments designed to get your oral health back on track. These include: