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Is Teeth Grinding Really Harmful?

Teeth Grinding, or Bruxism, is a clenching or grinding of the teeth.  Occasional clenching or grinding does not usually cause harm, but when it happens on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged and other oral health complications can arise.

Why the Grind?

Bruxism can be the result of stress or anxiety, but often happens during sleep and is more likely to be caused by an abnormal bite or crooked teeth.

How Do I Know?

Sometimes, a dull headache or jaw pain is a sign.  If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, talk to your dentist. He or she can examine your mouth and jaw for signs of bruxism, such as jaw tenderness and abnormalities in your teeth.

The Pain Behind the Grind

Chronic grinding can lead to loosening, fracturing or loss of teeth. It can also lead to hearing loss, TMJ, and even change the appearance of your face.

How to Stop

Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding during sleep. Also, attempt to reduce stress by incorporating exercise, stress management, meditation, and sometimes even muscle relaxers. Reduce caffeine, alcohol and chewing ice, gum, pencils, and other non-food items.  


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Depression and Sleep Deprivation Among The Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
Depression is among common reported TMJ symptoms.  TMJ sufferers often struggle with depression in trying to deal with a highly misunderstood pain disorder.  Further exaggerating this symptom, sleep deprivation is yet another symptom, increasing the effects of depression.  Often, TMJ sufferers complain of a lack of sleep due to pain from TMJ.
It’s a vicious circle. 

Depression and Sleep Deprivation Among The Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Depression is among common reported TMJ symptoms.  TMJ sufferers often struggle with depression in trying to deal with a highly misunderstood pain disorder.  Further exaggerating this symptom, sleep deprivation is yet another symptom, increasing the effects of depression.  Often, TMJ sufferers complain of a lack of sleep due to pain from TMJ.

It’s a vicious circle. 

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