4 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Bruxism But Should
Bruxism or simply, teeth grinding, is one of those mystery ailments. There is no real known cause of bruxism but millions of Americans (60 million) are affected by it. Bruxism is a potentially painful and harmful affliction because the wearing down of teeth can cause a multitude of health issues.
One thing you should definitely know about bruxism is that only a dentist can diagnose it, so make sure you are up-to-date with your visits to the dentist and especially if you are experiencing any unusual jaw, mouth or tooth pains. Below are some additional facts about Bruxism that you should probably know about:
1. Most commonly associated with stress
Bruxism can be a physical manifestation of excessive stress, tension, and anxiety. If your bruxism is stress-induced, then relaxation techniques, like massage therapy, and certain exercises may help alleviate teeth-grinding without the need for restorative dental treatment. Again, there is no known cause for bruxism but other facts have been linked to why people make grind their teeth, such as:
- Stressful work environment
- Excessive caffeine intake
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea
These are all things to take into consideration if diagnosed with bruxism. Working with your dentist and going over your medical history will go a long way in helping to curtail your teeth grinding.
2. Most people are not aware of their bruxism
Many people with bruxism grind their teeth most often, and most vigorously, in their sleep, and are not aware of their condition at all. Unless a sleeping partner hears and alerts you to the noise your teeth make at night, you might not realize there’s a problem until your teeth sustain significant damage. Now it is possible for you to be a ‘silent’ grinder if you do grind while sleeping. In that case, as mentioned earlier your dentist will absolutely be able to tell if you a grinder. So it is imperative to have your routine dental checkups, that way you can stay ahead of any potential problems. You should also be aware of the symptoms of bruxism as well, so if you being to notice them you can be proactive and go your dentist. Symptoms include: jaw and jaw muscle pain, waking up with headaches or neck aches, teeth sensitivity or even broken crowns or cracked teeth.
3. More Prevalent in Children than Adults
According to the American Sleep Association, bruxism affects 10% of Americans Adults and as many as 15% of American Children. Children may also grind their teeth when they’re coping with earaches or teething, or it may be related to their jaw and tooth growth and development. However, children typically grow out of it as they get older. That means that over 60 million people deal with this on a daily basis – many of which go untreated! It is also important to know that it can only truly be diagnosed by a dentist that is why it is imperative to have regular checkups with your dentist and if you feel constant pain in your teeth make an appointment and get it looked at and confirmed. You want to catch it as early as possible to prevent further damage to your teeth and all the pain and expense of potential dental work that will ensue.
4. It’s Treatable
Now the good news: sometimes, just changing the position you sleep in, or eliminating caffeine or smoking before bed can reduce teeth grinding. If the problem is severe, there are ways to stop the gnashing of teeth at night. A common recommendation from dentists and very successful approach is a mouth guard or grind guard.
The Ora-GUARD® dental grind guard was made especially for this. The Ora-Guard® is a multi-patented, FDA reviewed grind guard that can help you counteract the negative effects of teeth grinding. Ora-GUARD® is the only dental guard on the market that uses both a hard/soft surface Medical Grade EVA. It’s soft where it touches your mouth and gums, and hard on the surface where your teeth meet to prevent the teeth from grinding against each other safely.
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