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Why you grind your teeth while asleep

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Your partner has said that you often grind your teeth in your sleep. But you don’t grind your teeth during the day.

How can you be doing it while sleeping?

You may have bruxism, teeth grinding and clenching, which often occurs when you sleep. If chronic grinding is left untreated, it could result in serious damage to your teeth and jaw.

Symptoms

How can you tell for sure you are grinding/clenching your teeth in your sleep? See if you have any of these symptoms.

  • Dull headaches or earaches in the morning
  • A sore jaw
  • Sensitive or loose teeth
  • Tooth wear or fracture
  • Indentations on the sides of your tongue
  • Sleep partner hears you grinding

If you are still unsure, talk to us. We can usually tell if you have bruxism.

Causes

Why do you grind your teeth at night? There are several possible causes to your bruxism.

  • Stress
  • Sleep deprivation, apnea, or even snoring
  • Poor bite or crooked, missing teeth
  • Alcohol or smoking

Treatments

What can you do about your bruxism? Luckily, there are several treatments that your dentist can recommend depending on the reasons you grind your teeth.

  • Wearing a night guard while you sleep to protect the teeth
  • Relaxing several hours before bed. Meditating or speaking to a counsellor
  • Avoid alcohol and drug use

If you think that you grind or clench your teeth, call us on 051 421453 to arrange a consultation.

Diabetes and Oral Health

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There is growing evidence of the relationship between diabetes and gum disease (infection of the gums and bone surrounding your teeth). Gum infections can make your blood glucose levels harder to manage. Studies have shown that even people with controlled diabetes have more gingivitis (inflammation of the gums).

6 ways to manage your oral health if you suffer from Diabetes

Diabetics may experience lower resistance to infection, and also delayed wound healing after periodontal treatment.

There are two forms of gum disease that can develop:

Gingivitis – a reversible form of gum disease that presents as inflammation – red, swollen bleeding gums, caused by the presence of plaque bacteria.

Periodontitis – a destructive, and irreversible, form of gum disease that can develop if gingivitis is left untreated, that presents with gum and bone loss around the teeth, caused by the body’s response to the bacteria.

It is therefore important if you have diabetes, to take extra care with your oral health.

Here are 6 ways to manage your oral health if you suffer from Diabetes:

  1. Monitor and manage your blood glucose levels as recommended by your GP
  2. Make healthy food choices
  3. Smoking can worsen oral problems so try to quit smoking 
  4. Brush and clean in between your teeth to prevent plaque build upon your teeth
  5. Check your mouth regularly for any symptoms of concerns like bleeding gums, dryness, soreness, white patches, or bad taste in the mouth
  6. Visit us and our hygienist regularly so that we can assess the threat level.