What is Bruxism? - A Teeth Grinding Condition

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Bruxism is a condition that refers to grinding of teeth while sleeping. Teeth grinding is harmful to teeth and can lead to other dental complications.

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism refers to teeth grinding. People grind their teeth occasionally due to various reasons in their sleep. When teeth grinding occurs frequently it is referred to as bruxism. Bruxism can damage teeth and can lead to other dental problems.

Teeth grinding occurs during sleep. Some people may grind their teeth even during the day.

Teeth grinding can be due to the following reasons -

** stress, tension or anxiety

** an abnormal alignment of upper and lower teeth

** sleep disorders

** due to pain from teething in children

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Complications due to teeth grinding

Grinding teeth can lead to severe jaw pain or headaches. Constant teeth grinding can lead to fracturing of teeth, loose teeth or loss of teeth. Teeth grinding can also result in the teeth being worn out to small stumps and make biting and chewing difficult.

In extreme cases teeth grinding can affect jaws or result in hearing loss.

How to prevent teeth grinding?

Do not chew gum. Gum increases the tendency to bite and clench even more.

Do not have alcoholic drinks. Alcohol results in the increase in the intensity of teeth grinding.

Avoid food and drinks with caffeine like colas, chocolates and coffee.

Learn to relax. Yoga and meditation helps to take away the stress and relax.

Before going to bed massage your jaws gently to help your jaw muscles relax.

What to do once you know that you are grinding your teeth?

Once you come to know that you have the habit of grinding your teeth visit your dentist. Your dentist will most probably give you a mouth guard customized to your jaw size. Once you get your mouth guard remember to put it on every night before going to bed.

Always brush your teeth before putting on your mouth guard to prevent dental cavities.

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author avatar vellur
28th Feb 2014 (#)

Mark Gordon Brown thank you for the moderation.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
28th Feb 2014 (#)

oh dear vellur...I love wine, cocktails and coffee...what to do!!! a conondrum but I do wear a mouth guard....

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author avatar vellur
28th Feb 2014 (#)

Oh my!! Remember to wear your mouth guard daily and go on enjoying yourself. Remember to replace the mouth guard if it wear off.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
28th Feb 2014 (#)

Very good information thank you vellur...!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
28th Feb 2014 (#)

Nice post!

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author avatar vellur
28th Feb 2014 (#)

Delicia Powers thank you for reading.

Fern Mc Costigan thank you.

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author avatar Songbird B
5th Mar 2014 (#)

Good advice here vellur..This was a condition I was not even aware of until I read your informative article.. Great share..\0/x

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author avatar vellur
6th Mar 2014 (#)

Songbird B thank you, am glad you came to know about this condition.

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author avatar sukkran
17th Mar 2014 (#)

first time heard about bruxism. thanks for the information and good guidance. an informative page.

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author avatar vellur
18th Mar 2014 (#)

sukkran thank you.

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author avatar Geeta Rao
5th Jun 2014 (#)

hi!! I have seen some grinding their teeth during sleep but I did not know it is stress related. Thanks 4 the info.

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author avatar vellur
6th Jun 2014 (#)

Geeta Rao stress can cause teeth grinding that can wear away your teeth.

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