Bruxism is just the medical term for grinding your teeth. Teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety and typically occurs while you sleep. An abnormal bite, missing teeth, or crooked teeth may also be contributing factors to your bruxism. Occasionally grinding your teeth is usually no cause for concern, but if you are experiencing this on a regular basis, your oral health will be compromised by bruxism and your dentist in Chelmsford will need to step in. You may be unaware that you are grinding your teeth regularly, but there are some telltale signs. Do you experience a dull, constant headache? Is your jaw often sore? If you share a bed with a loved one, have they heard you grind your teeth frequently? If you suspect that you are experiencing bruxism, consult your dentist as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis. You want to catch the problem as early as possible to prevent any serious damage to your teeth such as fracturing, loosening, or complete loss of your teeth. Serious complications such as hearing loss, jaw problems, and TMJ or TMD can occur from bruxism. Bruxism may even alter the appearance of your face. If diagnosed, your dentist will be able to provide you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth and advise you on ways to reduce your stress and anxiety. Don’t hesitate to speak to your dentist about treating bruxism. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.