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Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

What is bruxism?

Causes of bruxism, triggers

Symptoms of bruxism

Treatment and remedies for bruxism

References

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is the habitual clenching or grinding of the teeth. Both children and adults do it, usually when they feel stressed or tense. Most people do it at some time in their lives, and it is usually mild enough not to be a health problem.

Bruxism is an unconscious habit that can occur during the day or at night (sleep bruxism), or even during a short nap. It is bruxism whilst sleeping that causes most health problems.

Bruxism can occur when the teeth touch for a fraction of a second (similar to chewing) or when the teeth touch for several seconds (clenching).

Most bruxers are not aware of what they are doing. Usually a sleeping partner or parent will notice the bruxism before the person experiencing the problem is aware of it. Bruxism can be loud enough to wake a sleeping partner. A dentist may also alert a patient to bruxism during a visit, when the damage to teeth is noticed.

Causes of bruxism, triggers

Causes of bruxism can be quite varied, but often revolve around some kind of stress or anxiety. Once bruxism becomes a habit, the original cause can be removed without ending the habit.

Symptoms of bruxism

Treatment and remedies for bruxism

If diagnosed early (before it becomes habitual), finding and eliminating the original cause(s) may cure bruxism. Once bruxism becomes habitual, it can be treated with habit-modification (1) such as biofeedback.

Remedies contributed by David Niven Miller and visitors to GrowYouthful.com. Most of them are natural home remedies. Visitors describe their experience, and vote on the effectiveness of the remedy.

References

1. Moti Nissani. When the Splint Fails: Non-Traditional Approaches to the Treatment of Bruxism. The Orthodontic Cyberjournal, June 2000.