Bruxism – A Sleep Problem, Your Dentist Can Help!

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By: Dr. Scott Chanin, DMD, FAGD

Do you have one or more of the following
symptoms?

● Flattened areas on your teeth

● Tight or sore jaw when you wake up in the morning.

● You make a loud grinding sound with your teeth while you sleep.

● You feel tired from not getting a good

nights sleep. If so, you may have nocturnal bruxism – grinding of the teeth while sleeping. For many people, bruxism can be a serious problem. It can cause cracked and chipped enamel, hairline fractures, broken cusps and even wearing down the teeth to the gum line. The enamel may become so worn that the inside of the tooth (called the dentin) is exposed. If bruxism isn’t treated, it can lead to gum damage, loss of tooth and fillings, root canals, loose teeth It can also cause jaw joint problems also called temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ.) TMJ occurs when the muscles, joints and ligaments of the jaw move out of alignment. In addition to jaw pain, other symptoms may include headache, earache and pain in the face, neck and shoulder. Research shows that about 50% of adults grind their teeth and approximately 20% grind their teeth excessively causing dental trauma. When asked, many patients will not admit or are unaware of grinding, yet the evidence of damaged teeth is apparent in their mouth. Bruxism is often caused by emotional
factors such as daily stress, anxiety, anger or pain. The use of tobacco, alcohol or
caffeine tends to aggravate the problem.

Another cause of bruxism is the use of some medications, in particular anti-depressants. Three of the most common are Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac. If you take any of these drugs and have noticed an increase in nighttime tooth grinding, speak to your physician. To cut down on bruxism, the first step is to eliminate or decrease the stress in your life. Cut out smoking and reduce your consumption of coffee and alcohol. And most importantly, make an appointment with your dentist. You will be evaluated and your bite will be thoroughly checked. In most cases, your problem can be helped by fitting you with an appliance, called a night guard, to relax your jaw and to prevent further damage. The dentist will then correct your bite by reshaping your teeth to eliminate high spots or unusual tooth alignment. Remember, you don’t have to lose your teeth to grinding and clenching. Regular check-ups may prevent costly treatment in the future. You only have one smile – don’t lose it to bruxism!

Diamond Dental Associates,

Scott Chanin, DMD, FAGD.

Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

334 State Highway 31 North, Suite 1

Flemington, New Jersey 08822

908-838- 0004

you may contact Dr. Chanin at Drchanin@DiamondDentalAssociates.com

*”Painful Side Effects from SSRI Anti-

Depressants,” Mayo Clinic, Jan. 15, 2000

Diamond Dental

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Phone: (908) 838-0004
For more information e-mail Jen at info@diamonddentalassociates.com

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The Truth About Tooth Decay

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Located at North, 334 NJ-31 #1 Flemington, NJ 08822 
Always Accepting New Patients and Emergencies.

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The Truth About Tooth Decay

Scott Chanin, DMD, FAGD

 

TOOTH TRUTH
Teeth have a protective outer layer called enamel. This layer is harder than bone and protects the
tooth like a helmet.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
Avoid acidic, sour or sweet foods and drinks, which can eat away at the enamel on your teeth

TOOTH TRUTH
Cavities (or decay) are caused by bacteria. Without intervention, bacteria in the mouth will double
every five hours.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
Brush at least twice a day to clean the bacteria off the teeth and tongue.

TOOTH TRUTH
Bacteria eat sugar.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
Avoid diets high in sugar, which increase the amount of bacteria in your mouth.

TOOTH TRUTH
As bacteria eat, they produce acid that breaks down the enamel in a process called demineralization
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
Use fluoride toothpastes, which can help reverse some of the damage.

TOOTH TRUTH
If you can catch a cavity early, before it breaks through the hard enamel, it is much easier to prevent
more serious problems.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
Getting regular checkups (at least twice a year) helps make sure you catch these problems early
before anything bad happens.Get your exam and cleaning today. Regular examinations will help prevent tooth decay and dental disease. Contact Diamond Dental Associates and Dr. Chanin will set up a plan to help you prevent dental disease from affecting your beautiful smile.

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Diamond Dental

North, 334 NJ-31 #1 Flemington, NJ 08822
Phone: (908) 838-0004
For more information e-mail Jen at info@diamonddentalassociates.com

Mon: Open
Tue: Open
Wed: Open
Thu: Open
Fri: Open
Sat: Open
Sun: Closed

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