Quiz: What is Bruxism?


Do you grind your teeth? Many people who suffer from bruxism may not even be aware they need treatment. This is due to the fact that most people grind their teeth during sleep. Recognizing the symptoms of this disorder is crucial. Dr. Nicholas Cain discusses the common warning signs and causes of this serious dental health issue.

Bruxism Quiz

1. True or False: A variety of factors can cause teeth grinding.

2. True or False: This disorder can damage teeth.

3. True or False: There are steps you can take to help reduce grinding episodes.

4. True or False: Dr. Cain offers treatment for bruxism.

Answer Key

1. True. A misaligned bite, missing or uneven teeth, and stress are the most common factors behind teeth grinding. We can perform a diagnosis to assess the cause and extent of your disorder. Dr. Cain can then recommend the most appropriate treatment option.

2. True. When you grind your teeth, this places inordinate amounts of pressure on them. Soon, you can wear away the enamel, chip them, or develop nearly invisible fractures. Any damage can increase the risk of decay or infection. Symptoms to watch for include headaches, toothaches, and jaw pain.

3. True. First, we suggest taking steps to reduce the amount of anxiety in your day-to-day life. In addition, cut back on caffeine before bed. Avoid chewing on pencils or hard objects. You can also apply a warm compress or washcloth to ease discomfort.

4. True. Dr. Cain may recommend a custom-made oral appliance. The patient wears this device at night and it repositions the jaw to address malocclusion. The appliance also prevents the upper and lower teeth from touching, ending episodes of teeth grinding. If you have any questions about this treatment, please contact our office today.

About your Gary Dentist

Dr. Nicholas Cain provides stellar preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry in his comfortable Gary, IN office. His services include children’s dentistry, bruxism and TMJ treatment, porcelain veneers, and orthodontics. To request an appointment with Healthy Smiles, contact us at 219-938-2637 or email info@healthysmilesnwi.com. We proudly welcome patients living in and around Gary, Miller, and Miller Beach.