Put simply, bruxism is teeth grinding. More accurately, bruxism describes a range of related behaviours including teeth grinding, gnashing and clenching of the jaw. Bruxism is usually a subconscious behaviour performed whilst one is asleep.
Effects Of Bruxism
Teeth grinding and clenching can permanently damage one’s teeth as the enamel is worn away. However, bruxism leads to other problems as well (both short-term and long-term) such as headaches and disorder of the jaw joints (TMJ).
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How Can I Stop Grinding My Teeth?
There have been many treatments proposed to reduce or stop teeth grinding. However few have any clinical evidence. (Those that do are occlusal splints (mouth-guards, night-guards), Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs) and hypnosis.)
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Around 1 in 10 people suffer from bruxism. Are you one of them? Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do your jaw muscles ache in the morning?
- Do you have difficulty in eating, first thing?
- Do your teeth show premature wear?
- Do you suffer from frequent headaches or facial pain?
- Has your bed partner ever complained about you making strange grinding noises in your sleep?
- Do you fall into any of the high-risk groups?
The more questions to which you have answered ‘yes’, the greater the chance that you are teeth grinding at night. The good news is that we can help with this condition. If you think you might be suffering from this condition then call the practice for an assessment.