Understanding bruxism and using night mouth guards to control the condition.


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.

Teeth and mouth protection through the use of mouth guards


The teeth and mouth are a part of the body that is very important and should be given keen attention just like any other part of the boy. The importance of teeth is firstly due to its functions during food consumption. This is the entry point of food into the body and the first point of digestion.

The mouth contains the teeth, tongue, lips and cheeks. These are important for chewing, churning and swallowing, keeping the food in the mouth and holding the food respectively. If one department is not efficient, the whole process of food digestion will not begin right.

The teeth are especially important in the human body. They are responsible for breaking down the food into smaller particles that can be swallowed and digested effectively. Not having teeth or not having a complete healthy set of teeth would impair an individual a great deal.

Teeth are basically individual bone protrusions. There are different types of teeth in a normal set of human teeth. There is the upper set of teeth and the lower set of teeth and each set has identical corresponding incisors, canines, pre molars, and molars. Each type of teeth has its own functions. Incisors are used to bite, canines are used to tear, and the premolars and molars are used to grind.

Teeth despite being made from tough bone material is also brittle and susceptible to cracks and breaking. Teeth can also be uprooted due to excessive force. Teeth need to be protected to avoid these eventualities.

Scenarios which are likely to lead to teeth damage include hard contact in sporting activities such as in sports like football, hockey, skiing, boxing, acrobatics, martial arts and other sports that might lead to hard contact with other players or with some hard surface. Teeth can also be damaged in activities such as motor racing and activities such as mining or manual work where one might get hit with a hard device.

To protect the teeth, mouth guards are the ideal devices that one can use. The mouth guard is a device that is usually worn on the upper set of teeth but one can also have a mouth guard to be worn on the lower set of teeth.

Mouth guards are especially good for protection against hard impact. They will protect the teeth from getting broken, cracked or uprooted.  Mouth guards also protect the lips, gums and cheeks from hard contact with the teeth which could result in breakages or cuts on the soft tissue.

Mouth guards are also used by people who experience bruxism. Bruxism is a condition where an individual grinds, gnashes, or clenches their teeth together i.e. the upper and the lower sets of teeth grinding against each other, hitting against each other, or pressing hard against each other. These actions, especially when intense, can lead to teeth damage.

Apart from teeth damage, wearing mouth guards helps prevent headaches and earaches amongst people who experience bruxism. Harmful bruxism usually occurs at night hence one should wear the mouth guard to sleep.