Bruxism is a funny sounding term that probably doesn’t get as much attention as it actually deserves. Today in this blog we will talk more about a very common dental condition that people don’t seem to know a lot about. So read on to find more.
What is it?
Bruxism is the medical term for the grinding your teeth. It is a very usual condition that almost all people will suffer at some point on their lives to varying degrees. Bruxism can cause some more serious issues if it is not managed well.
What are the risks?
The biggest risk with bruxism is that excess grinding of the teeth can cause them to chip, crack or the enamel on the teeth to wear away. Of course this opens your teeth up for other issues, such as weakened teeth, cavities and sensitivity.
One of the biggest issues with bruxism is actually identifying that it is an issue, particularly because it is involuntary and can often occur when you are asleep. Therefore many people have the issue, but aren’t actually aware of it. If you grind your teeth excessively during sleep you can often wake up with a headache, sore jaw or sore teeth. So be aware of this as the damage may already be done by the time you next visit your dentist.
When does it develop?
Bruxism can develop at any age and occurs in children and adults alike.
What causes it?
Some people just do it for no particular reason, but there is a strong correlation between being stressed and grinding your teeth during the day and also during sleep. Another cause of bruxism may be that your teeth are not aligned properly or do not sit properly on one another. This means that they are more prone to grinding as they have no comfortable resting position.
How can it be prevented?
The impact of grinding your teeth can be reduced by reducing the cause of the problem, which is normally stress. By taking some relaxation time for yourself you can seriously reduce your stress, be happier and healthier, and of course reduce the frequency in which you grind your teeth!
A specially made mouthguard can also help you to reduce the impact of grinding your teeth and you can get one made by your dentist. This mouthguard is generally worn during the night.
You can also speak to your dentist about some other strategies for preventing bruxism.
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