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Jun 22nd, 2011 London W1 dentists treat patients who are having problems with grinding their teeth in their sleep Get in touch

It is just as common as snoring and yet far less talked about. Grinding your teeth in your sleep can have effects on the health of your mouth and if you think you are doing it then you should report it to your dentist as soon as possible. There is no need to feel embarrassed about raising it as it is a common complaint and your dentist will be sympathetic.

The effects of grinding your teeth in your sleep (it is clinically known as bruxism) can be detrimental on the health of your mouth. If your teeth are grinding together night after night the tough enamel which coats your teeth can begin to wear away, leaving you more open to cavities and tooth decay. The teeth themselves can even become broken down, with cracks or chips starting to appear. Bruxism also puts a degree of pressure on your jaw and can contribute to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). You might find evidence for nocturnal teeth grinding not in your teeth but in painful feelings in your jaw.

Medical professionals have determined that there are two main causes of bruxism although the two are not always mutually exclusive. Feelings of stress can manifest themselves with teeth grinding at night and it might be appropriate to receive therapy. The dental cause of bruxism can be that teeth are misaligned and when you are asleep they are clashing against one another because they are not in the right position.

In either case it is advisable to get a mouth guard fitted so that the impact of the grinding is softened and your teeth won’t get damaged. If your teeth are misaligned then you should talk to your London W1 dentist anyway about getting a brace fitted.

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