Dental health is, of course, something we strive to maintain to avoid our teeth rotting, hurting, or even being lost. All of those things are controllable and can be actively maintained from day to day. Just like most things, you have the power to determine your own dental health. It’s your own fault if you don’t take care of your teeth.
But what about grinding your teeth at night? You can’t exactly control anything you do while you’re asleep. What causes teeth grinding? We’ve compiled some of the most common causes for bruxism (the official term for grinding your teeth).
Stress and anxiety.
The most common cause of teeth grinding is a result of stress and anxiety. To be specific, more than half of teeth grinding stems from stress. If you’re always under stress or you’re made to be anxious from whatever situations you’re put in from day to day, you’re a lot more prone to clenching your teeth during the day. This translates to more clenching and grinding while you’re asleep, too.
Sleeping disorders are actually related to teeth grinding. People who suffer from different kinds of sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, are at a higher risk of developing teeth grinding. Taking care of these disorders can help to alleviate teeth grinding.
While I mentioned having control over your teeth in the day is all on you and it’s hard to control teeth grinding at night, this is something you actually can change in your waking moments so as to avoid unhealthy nightly habits. Drinking a lot of alcohol or caffeine and smoking too much are all related to bad teeth grinding at night. If you happen to have problems with grinding your teeth and do any of these things on the regular, it’s likely a correlation.
Looking at the root of the problem is essential, as it gives you a better idea of the teeth grinding condition. When you figure out what is causing it, problem elimination achieves a higher success rate. This doesn’t mean you’ll get rid of it entirely, considering you could have other factors on this list affecting you. But once you’ve ascertained why you might be grinding your teeth, you can seek the appropriate treatment and start protecting your teeth from any further damage. Seeing a health professional is one of your best bets in eliminating the problem entirely (or at least treating it if it can’t be eliminated).