Teeth Grinding or Bruxism

Posted on : 28-11-2012 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Dental Implants, Dentist and Dentistry, Oral Health, Preventive Dentistry

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Teeth grinding or bruxism is a medical condition in which a person automatically clenches his or her teeth usually while asleep. Bruxism is due to clenching of the teeth other than in chewing and is associated with forceful lateral or protrusive jaw movements. This results in grinding or rubbing the teeth together. Teeth grinding or bruxism, is not only a habit. In fact it is a condition. Doctors believe that bruxism is caused by a number of factors.

The Symptoms Of Teeth Grinding

Bruxism or teeth grinding have different signs and symptoms. Here are the indicators that a person is suffering from bruxism:

1. Intense clenching of teeth enough to wake up somebody

2. Flattened, Worn down, and Chipped teeth.

3. Worn Teeth Enamels.

4. Sensitive Teeth

5. Pain and Tightness In the Jaws and its Muscles.

6. Instances of Earaches.

7. Headaches.

8. Facial Pains.

9. Damaged Cheek Tissue.

The Causes Of Teeth Grinding

1. Stress

2. Frustration and suppressed anger

3. Aggressive Personality

4. Abnormal alignment of teeth

5. Growth development of the teeth and jaws.

6. A complication of another disease

7. Drugs and Medications

The Prevention Of Tooth Grinding


Mouth guards or night guards are some of the best treatments. Mouth guards are made from impressions of teeth and formed of soft but durable plastic. They are designed to keep the teeth still in the mouth, and thus stop the harmful grinding. Teeth grinding can be prevented with the use of a mouth guard. The mouth guard, supplied by a dentist, can fit over the teeth to prevent teeth from grinding against each other. Stress reduction and other lifestyle modifications, including the avoidance of alcohol and caffeine, may also be helpful.


For further details take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi

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