What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is an unpleasant condition where the sufferer grinds or clenches their teeth when they sleep, this can cause disrupted sleep patterns, and also disturb a partner. The exact cause of Bruxism is not known, however, there are certain triggers such as stress and anxiety, Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and high caffeine intake. In extreme cases, Bruxism can lead to Temporomandibular disorders, which affect the jaw muscle, located either side of the head, in front of the ears. When this muscle is injured, you will experience jaw pain, clicking or locking when opening your mouth or eating. For this reason, it is a good idea to address any signs of Bruxism immediately to ensure continual healthy living.
Signs and symptoms of Bruxism
- Jaw pain and tension headaches
- Chipped, broken and worn teeth
- Disrupted sleep
- Facial pain
- Damage to inside of cheek and tongue
- Can lead to Temporomandibular disorders
How to treat Bruxism
If you are suffering any of the above symptoms, it is important to make an appointment to see your dentist, as they may be able to help. Other ways to help prevent teeth grinding at night, are by wearing a night guard or splint, which acts as a shield to prevent further damage to the teeth. Cutting down or giving up smoking and alcohol can help, you will also gain other health benefits from doing this. Finding the root cause of anxiety, stress or anger can also significantly assist in the reduction of this condition. For more information about treating Bruxism, check out this teeth grinding fact sheet.