Grinding teeth in sleep or bruxism is common and can happen to anyone while they’re unconscious. However, teeth grinding also happen when someone’s awake. Some patients tend to clench their teeth when they’re using force like lifting heavy objects. Using full concentration like writing or sewing may also cause someone to clench his jaws.
Although occasional teeth grinding is fine, Dr. Peter Yao says doing it habitually can result in dental and other health problems.
Since most patients are unaware during teeth grinding, they’d only know they do it until signs show. Also, a family member telling them that they’re grinding teeth in sleep is a sure indicator.
A common cause of grinding teeth is stress and anxiety. It’s best to manage these behaviors with the help of a professional. Dr. Peter Yao introduces a mandibular advancement device to his patients to reduce and eventually stop teeth grinding. Doing the necessary measures could improve a patient’s dental and overall health.
Harmony Dental Clinic accepts patients who suffer from bruxism to avoid dental issues and risks of teeth grinding.