What causes Night Time Tooth Grinding?
The cause of night time tooth grinding is not well understood. We know that some people are more susceptible to it than others. We also know that those people who grind their teeth may not do so every night.
Who is at high risk for Night Time Tooth Grinding?
There are certain risk factors that are associated with night time tooth grinding.
The risk factors for night time tooth grinding are:
What can I do to minimize my risk of future Night Time Tooth Grinding?
Your dentist may recommend the following treatments to minimize your risk of night time tooth grinding:
What will happen if I choose to do nothing about my Night Time Tooth Grinding?
Night time tooth grinding that is left untreated may cause permanent damage to your jaw joint and teeth. Besides breaking and wearing down teeth, grinding irritates the nerves in your teeth and can cause hot, cold and chewing pain in your teeth. Tooth grinding may also lead to chronic headaches and chewing muscle sensitivity during the day.