Teeth grinding habit, commonly referred to as bruxism is very commonly seen in childhood. Children tend to develop this habit to overcome teething problems. But as a child grows by, this habit tends to disappear over the age. There are about a few percentages of people, who tend to carry over this bruxism to adulthood. They tend to clench unconsciously during the day or do it during the sleep. There are many factors associated with this type of bruxism.
Mild bruxism may not require treatment. However, in some people, clenching is very frequent and sometimes lead to severe jaw disorders, damaged teeth, headaches and other problems. Such people have to be intervened with treatment. Do you experience any of these symptoms?
There is no clear understanding as to what is the exact cause of bruxism. But these factors below are shown to increase the risk of bruxism.
Common treatments include plastic bite splints for the upper teeth (night guard) or taking anti-anxiety medication. Increase in physical activity, reducing stress levels, changing lifestyle are some of the best methods to overcome bruxism.
In most cases, bruxism doesn’t cause any serious complications.
If there is a doubt that you clench your teeth during sleep, or if your partner tells you so, its time you book an appointment with us at Oris Dental Center for a consultation.