Bruxism is an expression standing forteeth clenching or teeth grinding while sleeping. This action takesplace involuntarily and, usually, the person who grinds or clencheshis/her teeth during the night is not even aware of the problem.However, this phenomenon may lead to numerous other problems. Namely,teeth clenching may cause jaw pain and even jaw dislocation,toothache and teeth deterioration. On the other hand, teeth grindingcan seriously damage one's teeth, which results in pain, visibledecay and numerous other problems. Therefore, bruxism is quite aserious condition, necessary to be noticed and treated beforeexcessive damage has been done. There are several known causes ofthis problem, which you might treat, possibly removing the bruxismalong the way. As for the frequency and other characteristics, thisphenomenon may strike one every night and be very severe, creatinggrinding sounds which can easily be heard even by the people in theroom next to yours, or it may be an occasional thing, affecting yourarely and causing you to clench your teeth during your sleep.Nevertheless, either way, you should treat this problem in order toprevent any further damage from being done to your teeth, jaw andother parts of your body.
Manifestations of Bruxism
Once you start suffering from bruxismovernight, you are bound to experience jaw pain, strange soundspopping in your jaw, pain in facial muscles or ears and several otherproblems of this type. Due to the fact that you may be grinding yourteeth during sleep or while awake, you are bound to notice a suddendecrease in your dental health, mainly through the appearance ofchipped or flattened teeth. The pain in your jaws and ears maysignify damage in jaw joints, created due to this phenomenon. Uponnoticing any of these symptoms, you are to seek dental or medicalassistance as soon as possible.
Possible Treatment and Causes ofBruxism
Upon visiting a dentist, he/she maykeep track of your dental health. If deterioration continuesregardless of the treatment, doubts of bruxism may be justified.Since stress and tension are closely connected to this problem, yourhistory of these conditions may be taken into consideration once adiagnosis of bruxism is about to be established.
Stress is the main cause ofthis phenomenon. While under stress, people get extremely nervous andfeel inhibited. All these things may cause them to clench or grindtheir teeth due to a prolonged presence of this harmful state ofmind. Therefore, finding and practicing a stress release techniquesmay prove to be beneficial for treating bruxism as well.