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Bruxism Awareness Week 25-31 October

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism, simply put is teeth grinding. More accurately, bruxism describes a range of related behaviours including teeth grinding, gnashing and clenching of the jaw. Bruxism is usually a subconscious behaviour performed whilst one is asleep and can cause facial pain and headaches. It is commonly caused by anxiety. Left untreated, it often gives rise to poor quality sleep and damaged teeth.

Effects of bruxism

Teeth grinding and clenching can permanently damage one’s teeth as the enamel is worn away. However, bruxism can lead to other problems as well such as headaches and disorder of the TMJ.

How do I stop tooth grinding?

There have been many treatments proposed to reduce or stop teeth grinding the most effective is an occlusal splint or night guard. Around 1 in 10 people suffer from bruxism.  Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do your jaw muscles ache in the morning?
  • Do you have difficulty in eating, first thing?
  • Do your teeth show premature wear?
  • Do you suffer from frequent headaches or facial pain?
  • Has your bed partner ever complained about you making strange grinding noises in your sleep?
  • Do you fall into any of the high risk groups?

The more questions to which you have answered ‘yes’, the greater the chance that you are teeth grinding at night.

“Many people are grinding their teeth at night and may not even be aware of doing it” says Dr Rashid of Time Dental, “the best thing to do is to visit your dentist and they can assess if it is a condition you suffer from.  It causes severe damage to your teeth, muscles and jaw joint if not treated and the different treatment options need to be fully discussed.”

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