(Teeth Grinding) Bruxism
Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is a condition that is not seen as much of a big deal, but it is. Imagine waking up to constant grinding of teeth. You can see how uncomfortable you would be if you felt the incessant strain of your teeth pressing against each other. Bruxism is a dental condition in which there is excessive grinding of the teeth, which usually means that there is constant pressure on the jaws to keep putting pressure on the teeth. It can make the person look constantly stressed or not look genuine. You have seen people who smile a little too hard. Their smile looks as though they are really faking a smile. Little did you know, they may actually have the dental condition of bruxism.
The Damage Associated with Bruxism
Bruxism can cause many types of damage, with conditions becoming progressively worse. Bruxism can cause the wearing down of teeth. When you are constantly grinding your teeth against each other, there will be a wearing down of the protective material that covers your teeth. Your teeth are not immune to damage, as emphasized by ability of your teeth to wear out by the presence of cavities, causing you to get those fillings when you were 12 years old. Yes, you remember that. In addition to weakening your teeth, the constant pressure may cause your teeth to chip. When your teeth chip, it leads to an avenue where bacteria can just crawl into your teeth and affect the sensitive parts of your tooth. It is similar to a part of wall being taken down by the enemy. It does not matter that the rest of the territory is protected by walls because, that opening will allow for enemies to penetrate into the heart of the city. The weakest link will destroy the entire city. Therefore, for your teeth, if there is chipped tooth, it will affect your entire tooth. If your tooth is infected, it will spread to your mouth, which will then cause even more problems. The bottom line is that excessive grinding of teeth may lead to other dental problems.
Bruxism may also lead to the destruction of crowns and fillings. Crowns and fillings are external products on a tooth, so if you are excessively grinding your teeth against one another, you are doing nothing to benefit it and are most likely deteriorating the quality of your dental materials. Because of the constant grinding of the teeth, bruxism may lead to worn-out teeth, a weakened, tired jaw upon resting it, facial pain, headaches, weakened enamel, and a host of other problems.
Types of Bruxism
Sleep bruxism occurs mainly while asleep. People tend not to notice while they are asleep but notice the effects upon waking up. Sleep bruxism tends to get at its worst form upon waking up but then slowly gets better. When experiencing sleep bruxism, the activity tends to be due to clenching and/or grinding of teeth. Sleep bruxism is quite common in the United States. The prevalence is approximately less than 18% of the general population, with about an equal gender distribution.
Awake bruxism occurs mainly while awake. It is a tic related to daily stress. Unlike sleep bruxism, awake bruxism gets worse as the day goes on, due to the constant clenching and/or grinding of teeth. Over 20% of the population suffers from awake bruxism, and the brunt of the cases come from females.
Risk Factors of Bruxism
What causes my teeth to grind so much? What are the causes of sleep bruxism and awake bruxism. Chantilly’s Finest Dentists will answer these questions now. Awake bruxism is associated with anxiety and a high consumption of caffeine, such as huge intakes of caffeine, candy, tea, etc. The risk factors associated with sleep bruxism are certain medications and drugs. It can also be caused by irregular sleep and work hours, sleep disturbances, such as noises and light, and smoking. According to studies, smokers suffer from bruxism almost twice as much when compared to non-smokers. It can also be caused by large amounts of alcohol consumption. While research is still undergoing the cause of bruxism, it happens to be associated with the previously stated risk factors.
Solutions for Bruxism
Bruxism can be cured for by lifestyle changes, but that is not an option for everyone. Not every person can just simply change their lifestyle and make it “go away”. For a great way to rid yourself of bruxism, you can purchase a mouth guard, which will be worn during the nighttime so that your teeth will not wear against each other and grind themselves out. One of Chantilly’s Finest Dentists will create a mouth guard what will protect your teeth from bruxism. Mouth guards should not be worn permanently, so in order for the treatment to be truly effective, one must take steps to de-stress their lives and get enough sleep so that bruxism can be eliminated. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to call Chantilly’s Finest Dentists at (571) 253-7025, or fill out a quote form so that we may contact you! We hope to do business with you soon.
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