Bruxism is a state of unconscious teeth grinding and jaw clamping. It could lead to headaches, pain in the ear, to damage the teeth. More than half of adult suffer from bruxism. About 15% of children are affected with this unpleasant condition.
If you have bruxism, you can grind sometimes during the day, but usually it happens at night while you sleep. Many people do not know that they are suffering form bruxism, because the grinding and tightening of the teeth is happening while asleep or unconscious. Some of the bruxism symptoms are:
- Thinned enameled covering
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Broken teeth
- Smooth chewing surface
- Pain in the jaw
- Increased jaw muscles
- Pain in the ears.
The exact cause of bruxism is not yet established and there are different views of what causes bruxism. The most frequent culprits for bruxism are stress and anxiety.
According to experts, people who have bruxism reduce stress and tension with the unconscious grinding of the teeth. Another reason for bruxism could be hidden anger, consumption of alcohol and caffeine, smoking, sinus and sleeping problems, poor arrangement of teeth on the upper and lower jaw as well, lack of teeth.
Relax. Stress is the most common cause of bruxism. Find a way to get rid of stress. Choose to do activity that can relax you.
Do not eat or drink just before you go to sleep. If you eat or drink, especially alcohol it may worsen your condition. Put a warm compress onto your face. Soak a towel in hot water and place it on both sides of the face in the area of the jaw. In this way you will relax the muscles. Keep the teeth apart. The teeth should be touching only when you chew food. During the day keep your teeth apart and lips merged. This will reduce the need for clamping jaw and teeth-grinding.