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Do you wake up with a sore jaw or a headache? Do you sometimes feel like your teeth are sensitive or feel out of alignment? You may be grinding your teeth at night without even realizing it.
Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a common habit that can happen during the day or at night. Some people grind their teeth so hard and so often that it starts to wear down the enamel, causing damage to the tooth. In severe cases, it can even lead to tooth loss.
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What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the habit of clenching or grinding your teeth, often without being aware of it. It can occur during the day or at night. Many people do it occasionally, but for some, it can be a frequent problem. It can cause pain and damage to your teeth and jaw.
There are two types of bruxism:
- clenching, which is when you clench your teeth together without grinding them; and
- grinding, which is when you move your teeth back and forth across each other.
Causes of Bruxism
Bruxism (teeth grinding) is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth when you’re awake (awake bruxism) or clench or grind them during sleep (sleep bruxism).
Sleep bruxism is considered a sleep-related movement disorder. People who grind their teeth during sleep are more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as snoring and pauses in breathing (sleep apnea).
While teeth grinding can occur anytime, it’s often associated with times of stress. It can also be caused by misalignment of the top and bottom teeth (malocclusion), an abnormal bite or missing teeth. In some cases, it may be caused by medications or recreational drugs.
Symptoms of Bruxism
Bruxism is a condition in which you grind your teeth or clench your jaw. Many people do this occasionally when they’re stressed. But for some people, it’s a regular occurrence — sometimes even during sleep.
Bruxism often occurs without any symptoms. However, it can sometimes cause pain in your jaw muscles and headaches. It can also damage your teeth over time.
If you think you may have bruxism,talk to your doctor or dentist. They will ask about your symptoms and examine your mouth for damage to your teeth. You may also need X-rays to check for tooth damage below the gumline.
Diagnosis of Bruxism
There are three ways your dentist or doctor can diagnose bruxism:
- Clinical examination: This involves a thorough examination of your mouth, teeth and jaw. Your dentist or doctor will look for any signs of damage, such as indentations on your tongue from teeth grinding at night.
- X-rays: X-rays can be used to check for any tooth damage caused by bruxism.
- Electromyography (EMG) and polysomnography: These tests can be used to measure the activity of your muscles and nerves that control your jaw movements. EMG may be used to diagnose bruxism that occurs during the day, while polysomnography is used to diagnose bruxism that occurs at night.
Treatment of Bruxism
Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding and clenching. Bruxism is considered a sleep disorder because it mostly occurs during sleep. Bruxism affects people of all ages, but it is most common in children and adolescents. It affects about 10 percent of children and 15 percent of adolescents.
There is no single cause of bruxism. Factors that may contribute to bruxism include genes, psychology, and physiology. For example, people who are under a lot of stress or have anxiety disorders may be more likely to grind their teeth or clench their jaw.
Most people with bruxism do not need treatment. However, treatment may be recommended for people who have:
- Ear pain
-Damage to teeth
Prevention of Bruxism
Bruxism is a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth. This can happen during the day or night, and it can cause a variety of symptoms, including jaw pain, headaches, and tooth wear. It’s important to know how to prevent bruxism so that you can protect your teeth and reduce your risk of developing symptoms.
There are a few things you can do to prevent bruxism:
-Avoid triggers: If you know what triggers your bruxism (stress, caffeine, alcohol, etc.), try to avoid these things.
-Manage stress: Stress is a common trigger for bruxism. Try to find ways to manage stress through relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation.
-Exercise: Exercise can help reduce stress and release tension from the jaw muscles.
-Eat a healthy diet: A healthy diet can help reduce the overall inflammation in your body, which may help reduce Bruxism.
-See your dentist regularly: Your dentist can check for signs of Bruxism and recommend treatments if necessary.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you may be grinding your teeth:
- Your teeth feel sensitive.
- You have jaw pain.
- You wake up with headaches.
- Your partner tells you that you grind your teeth in your sleep.
- You have trouble opening your mouth wide.
If you think you might be grinding your teeth, see your dentist. He or she can diagnose the problem and recommend treatment.