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If you are frequently stressed, it can take a toll on your teeth. The tension in your life leads to tension in the jaw and the development of bruxism. By knowing the signs of bruxism, you can seek dental care quickly if they appear.

Bruxism is the medical term for grinding your teeth and is an unconscious condition that usually occurs during sleep. Stress plays a large role in its development, but other risk factors include frequent use of alcohol and tobacco, a bad bite, or a pre-existing sleep disorder.

It can be very difficult to detect bruxism at home.You can ask your spouse or partner to tell you if they notice that you grind your teeth at night. Other symptoms of bruxism include soreness in your jaw; dull headaches; and teeth that are sensitive, cracked, or loose.

If you feel you may be suffering from bruxism, visit a dentist as soon as possible for an official diagnose and to learn about your treatment options. You may need a custom-made night guard to wear at night and cushion your teeth. You could also be prescribed a muscle relaxant. Exercise, meditation, and counseling may help if the cause is related to stress.

Children are the most likely to develop teeth grinding, but the habit is not a major cause for concern because their teeth and jaws are still developing and most outgrow the habit by their adolescent years. The cause of bruxism in children is usually linked to allergies, irritation of the mouth, or misaligned teeth.

Call 916-372-7022 today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Lien Ngo at Dentistry Today if you suspect you need bruxism treatment in West Sacramento, California.