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False facts about insidious enemy of teeth “Bruxism"

15 January 2019/ Kategori : Health Corner /

Involuntary grinding or clenching tooth at night, also known as bruxism, is one of the most common sleep disorders. Bruxism is seen in 80% of population at different levels.

If it is left untreated, various problems including jaw pain, disorders of temporomandibular joint, damage or loss of tooth, head-neck and back pain may occur.

Although it is known that the main reason of bruxism is stress and anxiety, anomalies in arrangement and levelling of teeth can also cause this condition.

Many patients suffering bruxism are not aware of this condition. Mostly, the condition is recognized by family members and there is a auditory or visual witness of clenching. Bruxism can be examined in two groups. First group shows only grinding-oriented disorders while the other one is mostly recognized with clenching.

Dentists diagnose the bruxism by observing abrasion on superior surface or tooth and/or on gingival lines. Doctors frequently consolidate this diagnosis with jaw pain and headache.

Two main methods are recommended for treatment of bruxism. Regular use of night guard and botox injection therapies for masseter muscle can be effective. Psychiatric consultations should be provided to eliminate psychological factors causing grinding and clenching teeth along with these therapies.

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