Bruxism is a condition where the individual forcefully and repeatedly clenches his or her teeth or where the individual grinds the teeth. Some people can exhibit both actions while some will only exhibit one of these actions. Bruxism can be experienced while one is awake or while one is asleep. Women are generally more prone to having bruxism during the day while men can even have it when they are asleep. Teeth grinding usually happens when one is asleep and not when one is awake
Bruxism is considered a harmful condition due to the effects that vigorous bruxism can have on the individual. Vigorous bruxism can cause harmful consequences such as the individual can cause damage to his or her teeth due to the forceful grinding, forceful clenching or coming together of the teeth. This might lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, or chipped enamel.
Vigorous bruxism can also lead to the individual causing harm to the softer parts of the mouth including the cheeks, the tongue, and the lips. This can be caused by biting, or from the action of the teeth continually rubbing or chewing against the soft tissues.
Bruxism is also known to cause discomforts in the jaw especially when one wakes up. When one wakes up after a sleep occasioned by vigorous bruxism one may also experience headaches or ear aches.
Bruxism is a condition that is mostly thought to be caused by strong emotions of stress and anxiety. The grinding or teeth clenching actions are usually believed to be the subconscious manifestations of deep sited stress or anxiety. Bruxism can also be aggravated by taking stimulants such as caffeine or taking alcohol and even smoking. Recreational drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin are also major catalysts for bruxism.
The cure or treatment for bruxism is not known. However, individuals who experience bruxism can control the symptoms through the wearing of night mouth guards. This is a protective device worn in the mouth and attached to the upper set of teeth. This device prevents the two sets (upper and lower) of teeth from coming together during the grinding or clenching action.
The mouth guard is very important in preventing the two sets of teeth from damaging each other. It is also very helpful in helping manage the action since it eliminates the natural sensation produced when the two sets of teeth grind or clamp against each other. These effectively discourages the individual from the action.
Mouth guards are very easy to use and convenient devices for people who experience bruxism. However, there are some mouth guards that are more comfortable and effective than others.
We have the stock mouth guards which are the most affordable; but they are also the most uncomfortable and the least advisable to use since they are not very effective. The best mouth guards are mouth guards that are custom made for the patient after the dentist takes the precise dimensions of the patient’s teeth and their layout.