Getting a Grip on Grinding

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Do you suffer from headaches, soreness of the jaw muscles or have unexplained dental damage? If so, you may be a teeth grinder.

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, commonly occurs when a person is asleep and, like most habits, happens without an individual knowing they are even doing it. It’s often linked to stress and anxiety, but can also be caused by an abnormal bite, crooked teeth, sleeping disorders, allergies and other medical conditions.

If you suspect you might be grinding or clenching your teeth at night, make sure to discuss it with your dentist. He or she can further discuss how to avoid the common triggers of bruxism and, if needed, prescribe a mouth guard or oral appliance made of soft plastic.

If you have Advantica dental insurance, an occlusal guard is a covered benefit for the treatment of bruxism. Talk to your dentist about getting an occlusal guard to protect your pearly whites.

Sources: American Dental Association, National Sleep Foundation, WebMD

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