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Teeth Grinding

Tue, Jul 7, 2009

ParasomniasTeeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, or Bruxism, is a sleep disorder when people are gnashing or clenching teeth. Teeth grinding affects children and adults more or less equally. People who are affected with this disorder, will unconsciously clench their teeth during the day, often at stressful times. From another hand, people who grind or clench their teeth at night suffer from sleep bruxism. Study shows that adults are having Bruxism during the day and night . Majority of children are having Bruxism during the night sleep.

Bruxism is divided into two categories: mild and severe. If Bruxism happens often, it may require medical attention. The following is the list of problems associated with Bruxism:

  • Headaches
  • Damaged teeth, such as chips in the teeth, obstructions, and cracks in the teeth
  • Jaw disorders, wear teeth enamel
  • Teeth damage, known as occlusion disease (refers to the manner in which the teeth from upper and lower arches come together when the mouth is closed), and is the number one cause of tooth loss
  • Bruxism is one of the most common sleep disorders: between 30 to 40 million Americans constantly grind their teeth at night. With time dental damage will eventually take over
  • Most of the people who grind their teeth are not aware of this habit. They may seek dental help from tooth decay or paradentosis.

Symptoms and Signs

  • Soft tissue on the inside of the cheek
  • Headache
  • Chronic facial pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Stiffness in the jaw muscles
  • Earache (not from ear infection)
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Worn tooth enamel exposing inside of teeth
  • Flattened, worn down, or chipped teeth
  • Teeth grinding or chipping that is loud to disturb your bed partner’s sleep
  • Mouth guard or a splint for preventing teeth damage
  • Stress management and behavior therapy when teeth grinding is severe
  • Medications, such as botulinum toxin (know as Botox)
  • Dentist intervention may fix any misaligned teeth, crowns, or reconstruction of the chewing surfaces.

Teeth Grinding Treatment

  • Mouth guard or a splint for preventing teeth damage
  • Stress management and behavior therapy when teeth grinding is severe
  • Medications, such as botulinum toxin (know as Botox)

Dentist intervention may fix any misaligned teeth, crowns, or reconstruction of the chewing surfaces. 

·         Mouth guard or a splint for preventing teeth damage

·         Stress management and behavior therapy when teeth grinding is severe

·         Medications, such as botulinum toxin (know as Botox)

Dentist intervention may fix any misaligned teeth, crowns, or reconstruction of the chewing surfaces.

Watch video: Teeth grinding, clenching, lockjaw 

Additional information could be find here: Stop Grinding Teeth at Night

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