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Putting an End to Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)



Is Bruxism Keeping You From a Good Night’s Sleep?

Do you — or more likely someone you sleep with — suffer from noisy teeth grinding or tense jaw clenching? Officially known as bruxism, about half the population unknowingly clench their jaws and grind their teeth at some stage in their lives and may suffer a number of unwelcome effects, beyond just cranky bedmates.

For some, teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can be a daily issue, while ‘sleep bruxism’ is a sleep-related movement disorder. Mild bruxism may not require treatment, but in some people the condition can lead to more severe effects such as headaches, loss of tooth enamel, jaw disorders and damaged teeth.


Gnashing at Night

Most often a partner or parent is the first person to notice bruxism as a noisy, teeth grinding sound of the teeth, while the person doing the clenching is oblivious. Regular checkups also help to identify the disorder and can flag any dental effects.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Grinding sounds when the person is sleeping
  • Jaw clenching when anxious or tense
  • Aching or stiffness in the teeth, jaw or temples
  • Sensitive, cracked, chipped or loose teeth
  • Dull headaches originating in the temple area
  • Damage from chewing the insides of the cheeks.


What Causes Teeth Grinding?

A number of factors can trigger teeth grinding:  emotional stress (anxiety or anger), physical stress (illness, nutritional deficiency, dehydration), heavy concentration, incorrect tooth alignment, teething (in babies and toddlers), stimulating substances such as caffeine, cigarettes, alcohol and illegal drugs such as methamphetamines and ecstasy can all increase the risk of bruxism.


What Can You Do About It?

Bruxism is a relatively common condition. Treatment can be as simple as a better bedtime routine and stress management, or a little more involved with mouth guards and short-term muscle relaxants.

Women in Dentistry will work with you for an easy solution to get you and your family on track to a better night’s sleep, and at the same time keep your teeth in check.


Call your dentist Melbourne CBD today for a friendly consultation.



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