Do you wake up with a sore jaw, headache or tenderness in your TMJ? If so, you could be suffering from a condition called Sleep Bruxism that affects about 85–90% of the general population. A systemic review of featured in the Journal of the American Dental Association discovered a positive association between Sleep Bruxism and alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, and drug abuse. The risk for Sleep Bruxism was increased almost 2 folds for those who drank alcohol, 1.5 times for those who drank more than 8 cups of coffee per day, and more than 2 times for those who were smokers. This habitual nighttime grinding of the teeth can lead to irreversible clinical conditions such as:
- Excessive tooth wear such as flattening of the biting surfaces and formation of notches around the neck of the teeth at the gum line.
- Tooth fractures and premature failure of existing crowns or fillings.
- Tooth Sensitivity caused by wearing away of insulating layers of dentin and enamel.
- Enlargement of the muscles of mastication (chewing muscles).
Dr. Tajik, Cosmetic and Restorative Dentist in North Hollywood, always suggest reducing excess caffeine intake especially later in the day and reducing binge drinking and smoking all together to not only prevent Bruxism and grinding of the teeth but also to live a healthy lifestyle. However, if you believe you are already suffering from symptoms of sleep Bruxism, its not too late! At Modern Smiles state of the art dental practice we utilize laser technology to treat muscle or TMJ pain due to Bruxism. Furthermore, we can custom build a Night Guard appliance for you that is developed and fitted specifically just you to prevent nighttime grinding of the teeth. Please call us today at 818-763-9353 or book your free consultation appointment online today.