What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a condition characterized by the grinding or clenching of teeth. This can occur during the day or at night, and it may happen unconsciously. For some people, it is a temporary response to stress, but for others, it may be a chronic problem.
There are several differences between sleep and awake bruxism. Sleep bruxism is more likely to be associated with stress and anxiety, while awake bruxism is often caused by an underlying dental condition such as misaligned teeth or an abnormal bite. Awake bruxism is also more likely to cause pain and tenderness in the jaw, as well as headaches. People with this disease may not be aware that they are grinding their teeth, but the condition can cause a number of side effects, including headaches, jaw pain, and damage to the teeth.
In severe cases, people with this disease may develop Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), which can be extremely painful and debilitating. Treatment for bruxism often focuses on identifying and managing the underlying causes. In some cases, this may involve lifestyle changes or stress management techniques. For more severe cases, treatments may include splints or surgery.
There are a number of preventative measures that can help to reduce the risk of bruxism, such as avoiding caffeine and eating a healthy diet. Avoiding caffeine can help prevent this disease because it is a common trigger for the condition. When you drink caffeinated beverages, limit yourself to one or two cups per day and avoid drinking them close to bedtime.
A healthy diet can help to reduce stress and anxiety, and it can also help to prevent nighttime hunger by keeping your blood sugar levels stable, this will in a way help avoid conditions such as Bruxism.
One of the best ways to prevent this disease is to maintain good oral hygiene. This means brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, and avoiding foods that are high in sugar or acidity. By taking care of your mouth, you can help to prevent bruxism and keep your smile looking its best.
Bruxism can occur at any age. Symptoms include:
– Teeth that are worn down
– Flattened, fractured or chipped teeth
– Clenching or grinding the teeth
– Worn tooth enamel
– Increased tooth sensitivity
– Jaw pain and muscle tightness
– Earache, headache and chronic facial pain are also common symptoms associated with this disease.
If you think you might have this disease, see our dentist at Prodental Clinic. We will ask about your symptoms and medical history, also examine your mouth for signs of tooth wear and damage. In some cases, we may recommend splint therapy or oral appliance therapy to protect your teeth from grinding at night.