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Bruxism Help from Your Dentist

Sunday, January, 1, 2023

If you have been clenching your jaw and grinding, your restorations, not to mention your natural teeth, will be paying the price. Dr. Angela Cameron explains that bruxism, grinding can be a result of a temporomandibular joint or bite issue.

Whatever the problem stems from, chronic bruxism causes damage to the jaw, and could lead to severe jaw popping and facial pain.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Temporomandibular joints hinge your top and bottom jaw together. If anything is out of alignment you will know it as you most likely will suffer from migraine and tension type headaches.

While there is no one cause for bruxism there are risk factors that include:


Right at the top of the list an increase in anxiety could lead to teeth grinding. Anger and frustration causes bruxism as well.

Personality Type

While it may sound strange, people who are hyperactive, aggressive or competitive are also in the high risk category when it comes to chronic grinding.


Certain types of medications, such as antidepressants, could be the reason for chronic bruxism. Talk to your doctor if you are grinding because of your medications.

Alcohol and Smoking

Smoking and drinking along with recreational drugs could increase chronic grinding. Curbing your habits could help you with bruxism and clenching.

Family History

According to Dr. Angela Cameron, sleep bruxism does run in the family. Additionally if you have bruxism it could be inherited.

Other Disorders

  • Bruxism or grinding can also be associated with other overall health.
  • Diseases include:
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Demensia
  • Night Terrors
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder
  • Sleep Apnea
  • ADHD

All of the above could be the reason that you or someone in your household is suffering from bruxism.

Oral Appliance Therapy for Bruxism

Sophisticated-Smiles have the solution for people who grind teeth and that solution is oral appliance therapy in addition to other types of solutions.

A wonderful treatment for people who clench and grind, orthotic devices are custom made using a prescription that Dr. Cameron has derived from your examination. They are especially useful for all types of issues.

For some, trigger point injections could be the answer. Ask about this treatment for TMJD as these injections for bruxism are done in office in a single dental visit in Johnson City.

Sophisticated-Smiles to the Rescue

If you or someone you know clenches and grinds schedule an appointment with Sophisticated-Smiles. Dr. Cameron is always ready to help you with chronic headaches in addition to jaw pain related to temporomandibular joint disorders.

Schedule your appointment in Johnson City with Sophisticated-Smiles today.


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