Bruxism is a condition in which you start grinding, gnashing and clenching your teeth. A person with bruxism may unconsciously clench the teeth together during the day, or clench or grind them at night a situation which is known as sleep bruxism. Sleep bruxism disorder is associated with a sleep-related movement. People who tend to clench or grind their teeth during sleep are more likely to have other sleep disorders as well such as snoring and pauses in breathing.
However, mild bruxism may not require treatment. But if the bruxism is frequent and severe, it can cause jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems like frequent headaches. People who have bruxism may not be aware of it until they develop complications. Therefore it is important to know about the signs and symptoms of bruxism for proper dental care.
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The exact causes of bruxism are not known. But some possible physical or psychological causes may include:
The treatment aims at reducing the pain, preventing permanent damage to the teeth and reducing clenching of teeth as much as possible. Teeth gaurds are given to patients, which they can use before sleeping to avoid any further damage.
Some tips to help you stop teeth grinding:
Teeth grinding is not limited to adults, children are more likely to suffer from bruxism. Children grind their teeth during sleep rather than daytime.
Tips to stop your child from teeth grinding:
Bruxism is not a dangerous disorder. But it can lead to permanent damage to the teeth and uncomfortable jaw pain and headaches.
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