What exactly is Teeth Grinding?
Teeth grinding involves grinding, gnashing, or clenching your teeth. The medical term for teeth grinding is Bruxism.
There are two types of bruxism. Some people may clench or grind their teeth subconsciously during the day. This is often done when they feel nervous, anxious or tense. Others only grind or gnash their teeth during sleep, usually in the early part of the night, during sleep stage 1. This activity is called sleep bruxism.
Most of the time, a person’s bruxism is mild, and may not require treatment. However, in some people it can happen very frequently and can be violent, and can cause a wide variety of problems, from minor ones such as headache to serious ones such as jaw disorders and even the loss of teeth.
Often, people with sleep bruxism are not aware they are suffering from it, and they may not be diagnosed with the condition until complications occur.
It's important to see your dentist as soon as you think you might be grinding your teeth or notice the effects of it. There are many treatments for bruxism.
Well-aligned teeth and jaws lower the chances of suffering from teeth grinding.
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