Bruxism is a condition that many people do not know much about whereas among the few who know about it, many do not consider it as a major condition.
Bruxism is basically a condition where an individual subconsciously grinds his or her teeth. Bruxism is also known to involve jaw clenching, teeth clasping, and gnashing of teeth.
Intense or severe bruxism is known to result in headaches, ear aches, and jaw pains or jaw discomforts. Intense prolonged bruxism might also lead to teeth attrition where the teeth are worn out by the constant action of grinding, clenching, or gnashing. This might lead to deformed teeth and the chipping off of the teeth enamel. Severe bruxism can also lead to gum damage and gum bleeding.
The general ignorance of bruxism and its effect among the people has led to many people suffering from the condition unwittingly. Some may even suffer from the above adverse effects of the condition without knowing the cause of their problems.
Bruxism is a condition that may occur both during the day when one is awake, and it might also occur at night when one is asleep. Bruxism that occurs when one is asleep is known as sleep bruxism while that which occurs during the day is known as awake bruxism. Awake bruxism usually involves jaw clenching and teeth clasping without one necessarily experiencing teeth grinding. Teeth grinding is usually seen in sleep bruxism.
Sleep bruxism is more prevalent among men whereas awake bruxism is often seen in women. Bruxism is a condition that is usually seen in people who are between 25 and 55 years old.
Bruxism is a condition whose cause are diverse. The main cause of bruxism is usually attributed to anxiety and stress. Engaging in strenuous physical or mental activities is also known to trigger bruxism especially in incidences of awake bruxism. Other triggers of bruxism includes the use of drugs such as antidepressants and psychotic drugs.
Recreational drugs are also known to trigger bruxism this includes drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and such. Alcohol, smoking and a high intake of caffeine is also known to cause bruxism.
Bruxism is a condition that does not have an absolute cure as of yet. However, there are various ways through which individuals can control their bruxism. One of the best ways of controlling bruxism is through the use of night mouth guards.
Night mouth guards are protective devices that are worn in the mouth to protect the teeth. Mouth guards can be made from different kinds of material including glass, rubber, plastic, and fiber glass. Different types of mouth guards usually have different capabilities and different lifespans in terms of durability.
There are mouth guards that are designed to be purchased off the shelf and there are mouth guards that can be custom made. This is where a mouth guard is made to fit the exact dimensions and desired preferences of the individual. Custom made mouth guards are much more comfortable and efficient. They are however much more expensive.