What is bruxism?
Bruxism is the unintentional clenching or grinding of the teeth. While it mostly occurs during sleep, some people can also do it while they are awake.
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Bruxism that occurs during sleep can be detected from the sounds made by the grinding of the teeth. Other signs and symptoms can include: muscle tightness and stiffness around the temples or jaws, which is most noticeable after sleep; difficulty opening …
While the exact causes of bruxism have not been identified, factors that are thought to contribute to development of bruxism include: stress and anxiety; sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnoea; problems with teeth alignment; gastric reflux; some medications, …
Bruxism can occur at any age. Although it is commonly found in children, they often outgrow it.
Bruxism is often detected by a dentist, who can observe damage to teeth or bones and muscle tenderness. It may also be detected during a sleep study.
Many cases of bruxism may not require treatment. If the symptoms are bothersome or causing dental damage, treatment options include wearing mouth guards or occlusal splints (night-guards) while sleeping, stress management, or dental treatment to correct teeth …
Bruxism in adults may be cured by changing lifestyle habits that are known risk factors for the development of the condition.
Children often outgrow their bruxism. In adults, bruxism can stop when you make changes in the lifestyle habits that may be causing it.
To treat bruxism at home, adopting stress and anxiety-reducing measures may be helpful. Additionally, avoiding excessive consumption of stimulants, such as recreational drugs and alcohol, may treat symptoms of bruxism.