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When people reflect on their health they first question what they are putting into their bodies as far as nutritional choices and then focus on physical exercise. Thinking about their teeth usually does not enter into the thought process. Although, it shouldn’t be ignored because dental health is at the center of a plethora of problematic wellness issues.

The technical term for grinding of the teeth and/or clenching of the jaw is called Bruxism, and it is a condition that all health conscious individuals should investigate. It’s the cause of headaches, sleeplessness, muscle soreness, and tooth damage. You may not even notice that you do it. The grinding usually takes place during the night while you sleep. Clenching normally happens in the daylight hours.

Ruminating on why people do this, we find that there are numerous potential sources which can most commonly be divided up between psychological and physiological. The condition’s most physical allies are sleep disorders like sleep apnea, snoring, and talking in your sleep. Also, bite alignment issues called malocclusions can bring about bruxism. The psychological culprits tend to be emotional factors such as stress, frustration, anxiety and anger. Beyond these, there are medicines, usually they addictive type that when ingested can add to the development of bruxism.

If you believe you may have bruxism, call attention to your symptoms at your next check-up. Your dentist may provide the answer in a simple change of your lifestyle habits, or be able to fix the problem with a custom-molded mouth guard.

Dr. Bryce E. Justesen has helped many of his patients to overcome bruxism. Schedule an appointment or call us with any questions at: 480.827.1234. Come see us anytime at Bryce E. Justesen, DDS in Mesa, Arizona.