Teeth grinding is a common sleep disorder that can affect sleepers of all ages. We spoke to Karen Keenan, D.D.S., of Waltemath, Keenan and Parkes in Nashville, Tennessee, for one approach to the medical problems you or your loved one may suffer from when trying to sleep.
If you think you might be suffering from teeth grinding disorder, use this as a reference point before getting personalized medical advice from your doctor or other accredited sleep expert. --Shellie Braeuner
"The primary cause of nighttime teeth grinding is teeth malocclusion," Dr. Keenan says. "The teeth don't fit together. During the day, the brain overrides the teeth that don't fit and fixes the jawline. But at night, the brain keeps trying to make the teeth fit together, grinding the teeth together in the process."
Use A Nighttime Teeth Guard
Consider Teeth Equilibration
Relax And Stay Informed
Karen S. Keenan, D.D.S., graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Dentistry in 1984. She served a one-year general practice residency at St. Anthony's Hospital in Oklahoma City.
Have you ever suffered from teeth grinding? What worked for you?