Bruxism and Bruxomania
Compulsive grinding of the teeth (while awake) Most people grind and clench their teeth from time to time. Occasional teethgrinding is as called bruxism, does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged and other oral health complications can arise. teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety often occurs during sleep and is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth. It can also be caused by a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea.
Because grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. However, a dull, constant headache or sore jaw when you wake up is a telltale symptom of bruxism. If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, talk to your dentist. He or she can examine your mouth and jaw for signs of bruxism, such as jaw tenderness and excessive wear on your teeth Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding during sleep.
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