Tooth Grinding

Also known as “sleep bruxism,” tooth grinding at night is a common problem that seems to be linked to stress during the day. Recent studies have surveyed people who chronically grind their teeth at night, and there seemed to be a commonality that spanned age, gender, race, and socioeconomic factors–day stress.

Sleep bruxism wears down on tooth enamel, and can cause headaches, increased temperature sensitivity, and TMJ issues.

A night guard can be worn to help combat the habit, and it is also helpful to relax before bed in order to combat stressful feelings that can lead to the issue.

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A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)