What is Bruxism or grinding teeth?


Have you ever realized that you grind, gnash or clench your teeth when angry or anxious? Most people have this habit. This symptom is known as Bruxism in medical science. This is a condition that can affect both children and adults. Some people consciously grind or clench their teeth when angry or tensed while there are some who do it unconsciously.

Bruxism is actually different from the teeth grinding or clenching that occurs at day time. It is the term given to denote the grinding of teeth at night. Most of the children who suffer from this disease do this at night. The adults are either daytime or nighttime bruxers.

Bruxism or teeth grinding may be mild in many people and may not even require treatment. However, at times it can be serious and lead to various complications. Some of the common complications caused due to teeth grinding are:

  • Jaw disorders
  • Headaches
  • Damaged teeth and other dental problems
It is therefore very important to stop the habit of teeth grinding at all costs. Unfortunately, those people who have sleep bruxism or teeth grinding disorder during sleep usually aren’t aware of this habit. Thus it is difficult to treat with their condition until complications occur or they come to know of it.

It is thus, important to know the signs and symptoms of bruxism and to seek regular dental care. Prevention and care can help you fight this disease. So, fight and stop grinding teeth in the initial stage before any complications occur.
Bruxism is a condition in which one grinds, gnash or clenches his teeth. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously be clenching your teeth during the day, or clench or grind them at night, which is commonly known as sleep bruxism.

One may be having sleep bruxism and be unaware of it until certain critical complications develop, thus, it's important to know the symptoms of bruxism and to seek regular dental care. Mild bruxism generally needs no treatment. However, in some cases, bruxism can be frequent and also be severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, damaged teeth, headaches, and various other problems.
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