Daily Grind: Causes and Treatment of Daytime Bruxism
Grinding or clenching teeth is a natural response to stress that creates unnatural dental problems over time.
Teeth grinding (bruxism) commonly occurs while you are sleeping, but it can happen when you’re awake, too.
Not unlike its nocturnal counterpart, daytime bruxism relates to anxiety and stress. Many people unconsciously clench or grind their teeth during the day, often in response to work-related stress. Over time, this automatic reaction will cause headaches, jaw soreness and eventually destroy your teeth.
Possible causes of daytime bruxism may include:
High-stress Occupations – High-stakes, deadline-focused work environments
Tension – A short-term emotion that arises in day-to-day scenarios such as sitting in traffic during rush hour
Teeth Misalignment – An abnormal bite or uneven smile
How do you stop this unconscious habit? The answer may vary. Is your bruxism caused by stress, tension, or perhaps a more considerable misalignment concern? To understand the overall cause and severity of your condition, you must seek professional dental advice.
One of the most effective treatment options for daytime bruxism is wearing an orthotic appliance. Also known as a mouth guard or splint, their customized design protects the teeth, reduces jaw soreness, and prevents grinding, day or night.
Find Out What’s Causing Your Daytime Bruxism
At Dentistry at East Piedmont, we provide a complimentary smile consultation to all patients. This consultation is a comfortable, no-obligation way to sit down with Dr. Patel and discuss which options are suitable for you. When you express concerns about bruxism, Dr. Patel will thoroughly examine your teeth, tissues, and muscles to determine your condition’s severity.
Contact our office in Marietta to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about our bruxism treatment options.
Blog originally published December 11, 2017 — updated April 13, 2021.
Dr. Patel not only offers continually current state-of-the-art treatment options to all his patients here in Georgia, but he also stays connected to giving back and serving patients around the world with needs for dental care. He annually travels to foreign countries to provide dental services to children, elderly, and every age in-between in parts of the world where these services are not available to people that live there, through the highly respectable Flying Doctors of America program, of which Dr. Patel is a member of the board. Dr. Patel and his staff are consistently improving and implementing the newest technologies through the top seminars across the country. He is also a graduate of the Hornbrook Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry Continuum, which only about 5 percent of dentists worldwide have completed.