Bruxism is the clenching or grinding of the teeth. A common disorder, bruxism can cause headaches, locked jaw, and painful dental damage. Understanding the facts of the disorder can aide in treating bruxism.
Causes of Bruxism
While bruxism has no singular cause, most conditions are the result of stress. Stress leads to tensing of the body, and for some the jaw and teeth are effected most. Hereditary factors such as malocclusion—the abnormal alignment of teeth, can cause unwanted dental friction. Physicians have also linked tremors from Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease to bruxism. Stimulants such as tobacco, coffee and certain antidepressants can too play a role.
The unconscious grinding or clenching of teeth during a sleep cycle is considered sleep bruxism. The more common form of the disorder, sleep bruxism has been connected to stress, anxiety, aggression, diet and poor sleeping habits. Medical conditions such as stomach acid reflux may also play a factor. Indications of sleep bruxism include soreness of mouth or jaw, earaches, headaches, and restlessness.
Bruxism and Your Teeth
Bruxism can cause varying degrees of damage to your teeth. Cracked or weakened teeth causes painful exposure of the sensitive nerves in your teeth’s pulp. Constant grating loosens crowns and fillings that will require restoration. Wearing of the tooth enamel, fractures and flattening of teeth destroys teeth overtime if gone untreated. For severe cases as such, it is best to visit an endodontist to receive diagnosis and care.
Has stress lead to your suffering of bruxism?