Do you grind your teeth? In addition to irritating your spouse, grinding your teeth can lead to a number of serious consequences for your smile. At The Silverstrom Dental Group, we understand the risks posed by untreated bruxism. Your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, provide treatment to alleviate teeth grinding symptoms. Livingston Teeth Grinding Quiz 1. True or False: Stress can cause bruxism. 2. True or False: Without treatment, teeth grinding damages your smile. 3. True or False: There are multiple symptoms of bruxism. 4. True or False: Your Livingston dentists can diagnose and treat bruxism. Answer Key 1. True. In addition to increased anxiety, caffeine consumption and malocclusion may lead to bruxism. By cutting down on caffeine products before bed and reducing stress in your day-to-day life, you may be able to ease your teeth grinding episodes. 2. True. Over time, the constant pressure of grinding your teeth can chip or even crack your teeth. In some cases, chronic teeth grinding actually wears down the tooth, exposing the sensitive tooth structure to bacteria and increasing the risk of tooth decay and dental infection. 3. True. Patients who grind their teeth often report a number of similar symptoms, including: Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, toothaches, jaw pain, headaches, and sharp pain when biting down or chewing. If you experience one or more of these symptoms on a frequent basis, please see Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom right away. 4. True. First, schedule a consultation with your Livingston dentists. Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom will examine your mouth for indicators of bruxism. After assessing the cause and evaluating the severity of your teeth grinding, Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom will recommend treatment. Often, an oral appliance can reduce the symptoms of bruxism. Similar to a night guard, this device prevents the upper and lower from touching, ending teeth grinding episodes. About Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom: The Silverstrom Dental Group provides the latest in comprehensive dental care for patients in Livingston, NJ and surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call (973) 797-9345.