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Our first post will explore a mysterious disorder that can strike sufferers in the dead of night and continue to affect their oral health without their knowledge. This sneaky disorder is known as Bruxism or teeth grinding and is found typically in children and young adults.

Adding to the mysterious nature of Bruxism is the fact that the direct cause of this disorder is unknown.

Some factors that can contribute to teeth grinding include:

  • Stress
  • Poor oral alignment
  • Anxiety
  • Facial or oral trauma
  • Nervous system malfunction
  • Poor diet
  • Substance abuse
  • Some medications and health issues

Teeth grinding occurs in 5% to 20% of adults, and affects approximately 30% of children. More than half of children afflicted with Bruxism will cease to grind their teeth on their own by the age of 13.

The stealthiest form of this disorder is Nocturnal Bruxism. Nocturnal Bruxism is tooth grinding that occurs during sleep, and sufferers are typically unaware that they are suffering tooth damage as they slumber.

Nocturnal Bruxism often occurs in sufferers an average of 25 times per night, in episodes that last four to five seconds. This means that the teeth of people with bruxism can be exposed to more than two minutes of grinding every night, causing extensive damage to oral health and presenting a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.

Symptoms of Bruxism can include:

  • Headaches
  • Unexplained facial pain
  • Rhythmic contractions of the jaw muscles
  • Tight or painful jaw muscles
  • Long lasting facial pain
  • Swelling of the lower jaw

Serious dental problems that can present themselves as a result of teeth grinding include:

  • Damaged teeth
  • Broken dental fillings
  • Injured gums
  • Jaw dysfunction
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Erosion of tooth enamel exposing the dentin

Methods to treat and prevent Bruxism include:

  • Correcting tooth alignment
  • Protective mouthguards or bite splints
  • Repairing tooth damage caused by teeth grinding
  • Crowns to reshape the biting surfaces of teeth
  • Stress relief techniques and counselling

If you find yourself suffering from one or more of these symptoms, contact the team at Geoffrey Deeb Dental who can provide a solution to banish Bruxism for good.