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Posted on 7/4/2022 by Platte Valley Dental Care
BruxismBruxism is one of the oral health conditions prevalent in dental patients. It entails the habit of clenching or grinding teeth. The condition might seem very harmless, but it adversely affects oral health. We will discuss bruxism, its symptoms, and its effects on dental health.

Types and Symptoms of Bruxism

Bruxism is related to unconscious grinding and clenching of teeth. Awake bruxism happens when you grind or clench teeth during the day. Sleep bruxism happens when you brux at night. Sleep bruxism is commonly related to sleeping disorders. It occurs with other conditions such as sleep apnea. Mild bruxism may not require as much attention. Some people may have severe bruxism that may lead to other complications such as jaw pains.

Most signs and symptoms of bruxism are uncomplicated, including clenching or grinding of teeth. The grinding may be loud and can affect partners and friends. Signs of bruxism indicate cases of fractured, loose, chipped, or flattened teeth. Additionally, patients experience increased sensitivity and pain in the teeth. The jaw muscles get locked, while jaws sometimes get soreness that may spread to the neck. Patients experience sleep disruption because of sleep bruxism and developing pain that feels like ringing ears.

Risk factors

Stress is a major cause of bruxism. The unconscious feeling of pressure may lead to grinding or clenching of teeth. Age is another key factor of bruxism disorder. Young children get the condition more, and it fades as they grow older. Family members with bruxism may pass it down to their children and kin.

Furthermore, certain substances and medication intake may commonly cause bruxism. Smoking tobacco and alcohol induces stress, leading to teeth clenching and grinding. Bruxism may be caused by some mental disorders such as Parkinson's, epilepsy, night terrors, and sleep-related disorders. The implications of bruxism include teeth damage and jaws experiencing wear and tear.

Offering care

Bruxism is normally ignored because it fades away with time. If it persists, dental care is required. Visiting the dentist for guidance and rehabilitation of the condition is highly recommended. Consult our dentists if you experience the signs mentioned earlier and symptoms.

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