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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.
What are the symptoms of bruxism?
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 …
What causes bruxism?
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 apnea; problems with teeth alignment; gastric reflux; some medications, …
Who can develop bruxism?
Bruxism can occur at any age. Although it is commonly found in children, they often outgrow it.
How is bruxism diagnosed?
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.
How is bruxism treated?
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 …
Will bruxism clear on its own?
Children often outgrow their bruxism. In adults, bruxism can stop when you make changes in the lifestyle habits that may be causing it.
What can be done at home to treat bruxism?
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.
About this article
Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 22 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Obstructive sleep apnea