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South East London dentists offer expert advice on how to stop teeth grinding during sleep

23 / 01 / 2011

If you grind your teeth during your sleep you are doing what is known as bruxism. This nocturnal practice is as common as snoring but can pass unnoticed in many sufferers. It is worth dealing with though as it can have consequences on the oral health of the patient.

Stress can be a major factor in teeth grinding and dentists suggest that imperfect alignment of teeth can also play a part. It needs to be stopped, whatever the cause as it can lead to your teeth cracking or becoming chipped or worn down. If teeth grinding leads to these problems then you may have to have a tooth replaced or a crown fitted. It is best to avoid having these procedures because they can be inconvenient, time consuming and, in severe cases, invasive.

Keep visiting your dentist every six months and report any unexplained pain in your teeth which might be caused by grinding your teeth in your sleep. If your dentist feels that stress might be the cause of your teeth grinding then you may be referred to a mental health specialist.

If your dentist determines that the problem lies with the alignment of your teeth then he or she can easily fit you a mouth guard. These simple devices take the strain of the grinding during the night and stop your teeth from being damaged by the constant process of teeth rubbing against one another.

If you are worried about teeth grinding during your sleep contact your South East London dentist and ask for more advice and an examination. It’s worth doing so that you don’t permanently damage your teeth.

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