Modern Dentistry of St Cloud

Why do people grind their teeth?

Some people grind and clench their teeth during sleep, which is called bruxism. This condition affects people of all ages and may be more common in children.

There are many theories as to why people gnash their teeth during sleep, including:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Certain medications
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol use
  • Night terrors
  • Sleep apnea
  • Dementia
  • Malocclusion (bad bite)

Your doctor or dentist can point you in the right direction to root out the cause, but often the reason isn’t apparent, and patients do not fit any at-risk criteria.

The good news is that your dentist in St. Cloud, FL can provide treatment to help save your teeth from the ill effects of grinding and clenching, including tooth loss and dental fractures. If left untreated, bruxism can also damage your jaw joints and leave you with recurring or ongoing pain in the head, neck, and shoulders.

One of the ways we treat bruxism is with appliance therapy, also called a nightguard. This comfortable and customized device fits over your teeth to prevent your jaws from coming together during the night.

For Bruxism Treatment in St. Cloud, FL, Contact Us

If you think you have bruxism, it’s essential to see your dentist as soon as possible. We want to prevent complications and provide you with safe and comfortable sleep.

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