Bruxism is unconscious grinding, clenching or gnashing of teeth. It usually occurs during sleep. Sleep-bruxism is a sleep-related movement disorder. Symptoms are:
• Grinding or clenching of teeth loud enough to wake up others
• Flattened, chipped or loose teeth
• Worn out tooth enamel
• Increased tooth sensitivity
• Dull headache at temples
• Indentations on your tongue
HOW IS BRUXISM DIAGNOSED?
The dentist may perform a physical exam along with medical history of stress or any other disorder to diagnose the disorder. The various tests are dental disorders, ear disorders or infections or problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
HOW IS BRUXISM TREATED?
Mild bruxism may not require treatment. However, in some people, bruxism can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems which require dental treatments. Other treatments included are:
• Lifestyle modifications
• Healthy food
• Appropriate sleep
• Avoiding hard food, alcohol, chewing gum, etc
• Drink lots of water
• Physical therapy
• Stress management
DID YOU KNOW?
Botox injections help cure people with severe bruxism.