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Sleep bruxism refers to the involuntary grinding or clenching of teeth during sleep. Unlike its daytime counterpart, bruxism, many individuals are unaware of their teeth grinding in their sleep until noticeable symptoms emerge or a sleep partner brings it to their attention. Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics wants to change that!
While the exact causes of teeth grinding during sleep are not fully understood, experts believe these factors are often responsible.
These negative emotions can make you grind your teeth while sleeping to release or calm mental tension.
Consuming alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine can raise your anxiety levels, tense your muscles, and prevent the development of a healthy sleep pattern, all of which could lead to nighttime bruxism.
Certain drugs can cause teeth clenching or grinding. However, it is not clear whether these drugs actually cause bruxism or simply worsen existing symptoms.
Misaligned teeth or an abnormal bite can create an uneven pressure distribution during jaw movements, sometimes resulting in grinding as teeth rub against each other and the jaw seeks a comfortable resting position.
Those with sleep-related disorders, like sleep apnea, are often more prone to grinding their teeth at night. Other conditions include neurological disorders like Parkinson’s or epilepsy, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), night terrors, ADHD, genetics, parasites, and more.
Since most people don’t realize they have sleep bruxism, you might wonder if its presence is really that worrisome. Unfortunately, it can have quite a few undesired effects on your oral health beyond dull teeth and cosmetic issues. Examples include:
Whether with custom mouthguards, braces, palate expanders, or collaborating with an oral surgeon, Dr. Cowan and Dr. Whitaker can help to relieve sleep bruxism. Determine if you qualify for orthodontic work by scheduling a free consultation with our excellent team at Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics in Tuscaloosa.
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