Bruxism is a medical term that describes the act of grinding the teeth and clenching the jaw.
Sometimes, people grind their teeth without it causing any symptoms or problems. However, regular and persistent teeth grinding can cause pain and discomfort in your jaw and it can wear down your teeth.
Teeth grinding can also cause headaches and earaches.
Most cases of teeth grinding (nearly 80%) occur subconsciously during
sleep and is normally caused by stress or anxiety.
Bruxism also affects people when they are awake, although this is
more likely to be clenching the teeth and jaw, rather than grinding.
Most people do it subconsciously while they are concentrating.
Bruxism can also affect whether a partner stays in the same bed as many people find the noise of a partner grinding there teeth unbearable.
What causes bruxism?
Bruxism almost always occurs in association with other factors. About 70% of bruxism cases that occur during sleep are thought be related to stress and anxiety.
Teeth grinding can also be caused by taking certain antidepressants. Lifestyle factors also play a role such as regular smoking, alcohol or recreational drug use, which all increase the risk of bruxism.
There are a number of possible treatments for teeth grinding but only a few have been shown to be effective.
Behavioural therapies and the use of mouth guards, mouth splints and mandibular advancement devices (MADs) are recommended treatments for bruxism.
Other treatments, such as muscle-relaxation exercises and sleep hygiene, may also help manage your symptoms.
If you grind your teeth while you are asleep, you may need to wear a mouth guard, mouth splint to protect your teeth from further damage. We can recommend you the right device depending on your needs.
Treatment Can Change Lives
Many patients may be experiencing poor sleep patterns due to this habit and can often affect there daily work. Sleep is vital to be able to perform well and concentrate throughout the day.
This habit may also be affecting a relationship in which a partner may not be able to sleep well due to the grating noise commonly made whilst grinding. If a partner cannot tolerate this a change of sleeping arrangements may follow, which can have a serious affect on the relationship.
If any of these problems may apply to you please do not feel embarassed and be fully aware that all consultations at Alexandra Road are 100% confidential.
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