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How Alcohol, Caffeine, Tobacco, and Drug Use Relate to Sleep Bruxism

December 28, 2016
Posted By: Highgrove Dental Care
Sleep Dentistry St. Paul MN

Symptoms of Bruxism

If you suffer from clenching and grinding during the night, a condition known as sleep bruxism, then you know that the symptoms associated with this habit can negatively impact your day-to-day life.

Some of the problems you can encounter include headaches, tooth sensitivity, jaw pain, fractured teeth, ringing in the ears, worn teeth.

You may notice that clenching and grinding can come and go depending on the day. Sometimes you may wake up with dramatic pain associated with bruxism, and other days, you may feel well-rested.

The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) featured a study that tested the impact of certain lifestyle habits and their influence on sleep bruxism. This study showed an increase in sleep bruxism with the use of alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine. Drug abuse is also suspected to increase the severity of a teeth grinding habit. You can view a summary of the article here.

Managing Bruxism

If you reduce the use of alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco, you may find that the severity of your condition decreases. It is important to note that bruxism can develop because of a number of reasons, which are not limited to lifestyle habits. These include a misaligned bite, stress, jaw disorders, teeth that do not come together correctly and certain medications

If you suffer from bruxism and would like to find a dentist in the St. Paul area to help you manage your condition, please give our office a call. Our dentists experienced in both the treatment of bruxism and TMJ, a jaw disorder that can develop due to clenching and grinding.

At Highgrove Dental Care, we help patients enjoy comfortable smiles by reducing or eliminating the symptoms associated with sleep bruxism. At your evaluation, we will look for some of the visible signs that you may have a nighttime clenching and grinding habit, including:

  • Bite marks inside your cheeks
  • Wear along the chewing surfaces of your teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Bony growths under your tongue
  • Abfractions (small enamel fractures near the gumline)

If this sounds like you, contact our St. Paul dental office to schedule an evaluation. Drs. John Grittner or Jadilyn Nguyen Grittner will go over ways that you can manage your condition and provide treatment options to protect your teeth and provide relief.

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