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Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)

Causes, Consequences, and Solutions

Understanding Bruxism and Preserving Your Dental Health

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common dental issue that can lead to various complications if left untreated. At Care For Smiles, we specialise in diagnosing and managing bruxism to protect your teeth and overall oral health.

Understanding Bruxism

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism refers to the habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, often involuntarily. This condition can occur during the day or, more commonly, during sleep.

  1. Worn-down tooth surfaces.
  2. Jaw pain or soreness, especially in the morning.
  3. Headaches or earaches.
  4. Increased tooth sensitivity.
  5. Notching or fractures in the teeth.
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Causes and Consequences of Bruxism


    1. Stress and Anxiety: Emotional stress and anxiety are common triggers for bruxism.

    2. Malocclusion (Misaligned Teeth): Teeth that are not properly aligned can contribute to bruxism.

    3. Sleep Disorders: Bruxism is often associated with certain sleep disorders.

    4. Lifestyle Factors: Excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, and caffeine intake may exacerbate bruxism.


    1. Tooth Wear and Damage: Bruxism can lead to the gradual wearing down of tooth surfaces and even fractures.

    2. Jaw Pain and TMJ Disorders: Continuous teeth grinding can contribute to jaw pain and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

    3. Headaches and Facial Pain: Persistent bruxism can cause headaches and discomfort in the face and jaw.

Our Approach to Managing Bruxism


Thorough Examination

Dr. Rishay Naidoo will conduct a comprehensive examination to assess the extent of bruxism and identify contributing factors.



Accurate diagnosis is crucial. We may recommend a sleep study or other diagnostic tools to understand the nature of bruxism.

Fitting and Adjustments

Customised Treatment Plan

A personalised treatment plan will be developed to address the specific causes of your bruxism and prevent further damage.

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Dental Appliances

Custom-fitted nightguards or splints may be prescribed to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching during sleep.


Lifestyle Modifications

Stress management techniques and lifestyle adjustments may be recommended to address underlying triggers.

Tips for Managing Bruxism


Use a Nightguard

Wearing a custom-fitted nightguard can protect your teeth from the effects of bruxism.

Comfortable Fit

Stress Management

Incorporate stress-reducing activities into your routine, such as exercise or relaxation techniques.

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Limit Stimulants

Reduce the consumption of stimulants like caffeine and tobacco, especially close to bedtime.

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Regular Dental Check-Ups

Schedule routine dental examinations to monitor the impact of bruxism and adjust treatment as needed.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you suspect bruxism or are experiencing symptoms such as jaw pain or tooth wear, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rishay Naidoo at Care For Smiles. Our expertise in diagnosing and managing bruxism will help preserve your dental health.

Contact us at (03) 9482 1100 or visit our clinic at 254 Darebin Road, Fairfield, Victoria 3078, Australia.

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