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Reflecting on health, the average person thinks about nutrition and exercise. Positive choices in eating and physical activity are indeed important, but dental health is also a necessary point upon which to focus because of its relevance to the topic.

Bruxism is the dental term for grinding teeth and/or clenching of the jaws. It may be the reason why you have headaches, sleeplessness, muscle soreness, and tooth damage. Since the majority of grinding activity takes place at night, it is quite possible that you might have it and not even know it. So, pay attention to the signs.

Contemplating on the causes and reasons why bruxism happens, we note that there are more than a few potential triggers, some that are psychological and others physical. The physical presentations that accompany bruxism are sleep disorders (apnea), snoring, and talking during sleep. Irregular bite alignment is another thing that may start tooth grinding and clenching. The psychological issues that show up with bruxism are emotional factors such as stress, anxiety, anger, and frustration. Finally, certain addictive medications and chemicals that are in use can cause this problem.

If you believe you may have bruxism, call attention to your symptoms at your next check-up. Your dentist may provide the answer with a simple change of your lifestyle habits, or be able to fix the problem with a custom-molded mouth guard.

Dr. William G. Kaylakie has helped many of his patients to overcome bruxism. Schedule an appointment or call us with any questions at: 512-831-5887. Come see us anytime at William G. Kaylakie DMD in Austin, Texas.