Cause and Effect of Teeth Grinding in Huntingdon County

Teeth grinding or the medical term bruxism is a condition were one grinds, clenches and or gnashes their teeth together. This condition affects both children and adults. Some people clench their teeth unconsciously during the day, often when they feel anxious, tense, or during deep concentration. Tooth grinding or clenching most commonly occurs at night.

Symptoms of bruxism include; jaw pain or tiredness, earaches, headaches, chronic facial pain, chewed tissue on the inside of your cheek, chipped or worn teeth, recession, and tooth sensitivity. Also in many cases the gnashing of the teeth can be heard by your spouse, or you may here your children grind their teeth. If you have one or many of these symptoms, you should consult your dentist about a possible problem with bruxism.

In children this is very common due to their mixed dentition. They have both baby and adult teeth in the mouth at the same time, which means their bite is not formed yet. Teeth grinding is usually not a concern with children, although if they experience any symptoms ask your dentist if any harm is being done to their teeth. A night guard can be worn by older children if the grinding is causing damage.

Bruxism in adults is serious and should not be taken lightly. Long term grinding often leads to TMJ (jaw) disorders, chronic headaches, sleep deprivation, and tooth damage.

Causes of grinding can be stress related, changes in sleep cycles, suppresses anger, hyperactive or aggressive personality type, poor nutrition, and most commonly is malocclusion. Malocclusion is a misalignment of the upper and lower teeth when chewing.

Diagnosis and treatment will be discussed with your dentist. Treatments can include one or more of those options; night guard, stress management, TMJ tension relieve devise (NTI), replacing missing teeth, orthodontics, TMJ surgery (last choice option), sleep specialist, and simple relaxation techniques.

Teeth grinding even without symptoms can lead to severe long term damage of your teeth and TMJ. Ask your dentist about your options to stop bruxism today, for the future of your healthy smile.


Heather Metzler RDH

For questions you can call Heather at Smiles for Life

Dr. Jeffery Hartman DMD office on

524 Washington Street

Huntingdon, PA 16652

Phone # 814-643-9414

For more questions or concerns about whether you are grinding your teeth,  please contact us or visit our websiteSmiles for Life Total Health Dentistry located in in Huntingdon, PA, is the office of Dr Jeffery Hartman at 814-643-9414 , and our staff will be pleased to assist your needs.


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