Do you ever wake up with an achy jaw or a headache, or notice popping or clicking in your jaw when you open and close your mouth? If so, you may be grinding your teeth at night. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, it is involuntary habitual grinding of the teeth, typically during sleep. It may be not become a serious dental problem, but in severe cases it can cause misalignment of teeth, which can promote gum disease.
Signs & symptoms
If you notice any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing bruxism:
People who grind their teeth may be unaware of the habit because it typically occurs while they sleep. Bruxism can have far-reaching effects on oral health, including tooth wear and the development of TMJ disorder. It is important to talk to your dentist if you think you are experiencing bruxism.
These factors increase your risk of bruxism:
Many adults don't grind or clench their teeth badly enough to require therapy. However, in some people, bruxism can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems. We may have to restore damaged teeth with fillings or crowns to maintain the proper shape and size of the teeth. The simplest solution to prevent effects of bruxism on teeth is to use a professionally made night guard, which prevents the teeth from scraping against each otherFAQ's
How do I know if I have bruxism?
Bruxism is characterised by few signs and symptoms. Kindly refer above
Is bruxism observed only during night?
While nighttime bruxism is typically characterized by teeth grinding, bruxism can also occur in during the day. Daytime bruxism is uncommon in the general population, but daytime clenching occurs in approximately 10% of the population. It is closely related to stress.
Is bruxism observed in children?
Bruxism is observed in children too, but mostly will eventually outgrow it. Few kids grind their teeth if they're in pain, whereas other children may do it as a way to relieve anxiety or stress. Teeth-clenching and grinding can also come from hyperactivity, stomach upset, cerebral palsy or even a reaction to common medications.