Monday, 8 October 2012

   

    How to tell if you suffer from Bruxism/teeth grinding?


You wake up one morning and notice that your jaw just hurts or is sore. When you try to open your mouth wide the muscles ache and the teeth are painful as if you have been chewing gum all night. You make so much noise that someone who is monitoring your sleep can actually hear your teeth gnashing against each other. 

Yes, then you definitely have Bruxism.

The exact cause of bruxism is unknown but there are various factors associated with it, such as:
- Stress
- Anxiety
- Misalignment of the upper and lower teeth
- Side effect of certain medications
- Dreams

Bruxism may result in:










                                                                            It should be useful for you to know that teeth grinding can start at an early age as well as anytime during your adult age.


Once you have created a habit of teeth grinding and bruxism becomes a nightly occurrence for extended periods of time, serious health problems can start to show in the form of for example Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) where your whole body could be affected.Therefore, it is crucial to find out if you have bruxism as soon as possible so you can take the necessary steps to overcome it before things get worse.
The most common, effective and reversible treatment option is wearing a
night guard/splint.


Your dentist is the best person to help you treat bruxism symptoms. In some cases, he or she may also refer you to a sleep doctor who can diagnose any related sleep problems.