Teeth grinding is a problem that affects about 10 percent of the adult population. Its effects can range from the annoying to the seriously damaging.
- You will know that you have bruxism if you wake up with tense jaw or a dull headache in the morning.
- Constant teeth grinding will prove to be a major problem for the teeth. Worn out tooth enamel will lead to sensitivity and even chipped teeth.
- Teeth grinding can be managed by reducing stress, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, and getting a mouth guard to protect the teeth.
TMJ is not necessarily a cause of grinding, though. “People who have chronic TMJ pain are more likely to grind their teeth,” says Dr. Wadhwa. “However, it’s a chicken and egg argument. We don’t know if TMJ pain causes one to grind their teeth or vice versa.”
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