Bruxism

Hunter, and Darren

Bruxism;

A condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth.

Symptoms;

  • Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to awaken your sleep partner
  • Teeth that are flattened, fractured, chipped or loose
  • Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of your tooth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw or face pain or soreness
  • Tired or tight jaw muscles
  • Pain that feels like an earache, though it's actually not a problem with your ear
  • Dull headache originating in the temples
  • Damage from chewing on the inside of your cheek
  • Indentations on your tongue

Causes of Bruxism;

Doctors don't completely understand what causes bruxism, but these are all possibilities;
  • Emotions, such as anxiety, stress, anger, frustration or tension
  • Abnormal alignment of upper and lower teeth (malocclusion)
  • Other sleep problems, such as sleep apnea
  • An uncommon side effect of some psychiatric medications, such as phenothiazines or certain antidepressants

Treatment;

In many cases, treatment isn't necessary. Many kids outgrow bruxism without treatment, and many adults don't grind or clench their teeth.


Splints and mouth guards; These are designed to keep teeth separated to avoid the damage caused by clenching and grinding.

Prevalence;

One survey estimates that 8% of adults grind their teeth at night and a study shows that more than a third of parents report symptoms of bruxism in their children.